Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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2014 Cancer Survivors Day Booths

May 01, 2014

(12 workshops delivered over 3 sessions - please see program below for times)

Best of the Web: Get the most out of Kaiser Permanente resources  

Discover the vast array of tools and online resources available to improve every phase of your survivorship journey.  We will nagivate you through our website, highlight tools available to patients and families, and discuss how technology is improving the care of our patients.

Moderators: Lawrence Scala, MD, and Myron Kwong, MD 

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation  

Learn about the role of exercise during cancer management and ways to recover shoulder flexibility and strength after treatment. We will also discuss lymphedema and its management.

Moderators: Janet Smick, PT, and Maihgan Kavanagh, MD 

Can We Cure Cancer?  

A historical look at the past, present, and future of cancer treatment, including individualized targeted therapy, from the perspective of a medical and surgical oncologist.

Moderators: Ying Zhu, MD, and Susan Kutner 

Cancer Survivor Stories, Session 1  

Moderator: Jed Katzel, MD

  • Gillian’s story: Endometrial sarcoma / 40-year fight with cancer
    "I’ve been fighting cancer for 40 years.  Thirty-two of those years were as a radiation therapist and dosimetrist in radiation oncology, doing my bit to help patients in their fight. The past 8 were spent fighting my own battle."  
  • Leticia’s story: Breast cancer while pregnant
    “Pregnant when I was diagnosed, and a mother to a 7-year-old, I had a lot of explaining to do. I could not hide my diagnosis or treatment…”

Cancer Survivor Stories, Session 2 
Moderator: Joseph Hastings 

  • Michael’s story: Lung cancer / The Most Scary, Intense, Somewhat Painful, and Beautiful Experience of My Life.
    “I was stronger than I thought. I was weaker than I thought. It was the most life-changing (in a positive way) experience of my life. I came out a better person!”
  • Karen’s story: Cancer care giver and survivor / 3 Generations
    “The most important thing I learned was that I am never alone. Maybe you’re going through some suffering and wonder how you will make it through….I don't pretend to have the answers—I just know your pain is never wasted. You can turn this trial into something beautiful.”

Family Emotional Care: Helping adult caregivers 
Cancer diagnosis impacts not the just patient, but the whole family, including adult caregivers. In this session, we will discuss coping tools and self-care practices and provide information about Kaiser Permanente and community support services. We hope to help find the support you need as you care for the one you love.   

Moderators: Diane Ringer, LSW, and Esther Luo, MD 

Managing Hormonal Therapy Side-Effects: Breast and prostate cancers  

Hot flashes, mood swings, loss of bone density, and other side-effects are associated with hormonal suppression treatment of breast and prostate cancesr. Learn from a medical oncologist and urologist how you can cope with these symptoms and feel better every day. 

Moderators: Amy Lei, MD, and Jackie Pelavin, MD 

Life After Cancer: Dealing with side-effects  

There are almost 14 million cancer survivors living in America, many who are still experiencing the long-term side effects of cancer and its treatment. During this session, we will discuss strategies to cope with common issues such as fatigue, neuropathy, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

Moderators: Lucy Song, MD, and Mingqing Li 

"My Vision": Living life as a survivor  

Through guided visualization, consider your identity as a cancer survivor and then create your personalized vision board to support you in manifesting that identity. 

Moderators: Mind Body Wellness 

Nutrition: The benefits of a plant-based diet  

A whole foods, plant-based diet is a power house of cancer-fighting nutrients: vitamins, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber.  Join this discussion on how to make diet changes to harness the power of food, to reduce your risk of developing cancer or cancer recurrence, and to promote overall health. 

Moderators: Anzonette Pittet, RD, and Samina Ahmed, MD 

Men's Cancer and Sexuality: Survivor and partner  

Prostate cancer and other male cancers can cause physical sexual dysfunction. Learn from a sex therapist and urologist how you and your partner can overcome these challenges physically and emotionally.

Moderators: Byrna Barsky, PhD, and Timothy Tsang, MD 

Women's Cancer and Sexuality: Survivor and partner    

Many cancer treatments can result in skewed body image and physical dysfunction, both of which can impact sexuality and relationships. In this session, a sex therapist and a surgical expert will address these issues and discuss ways to work towards a renewed relationship with your partner. 

Moderators: Byrna Barsky, PhD, and Esther Duran, PA

(13 activities - please refer to program below for times)

Art Therapy 

Tap into your creativity and explore your self-expression. You’ll be amazed at the stress reduction benefits. 

Bubble Station 
Blow bubbles in the courtyard. Yes, it’s that simple and that fun! 

Chair Massage 
Relax with a chair massage delivered by the massage therapists from the National Holistic Institute. 

Compassionate Touch 
Massage therapists use “quiet hands” to visualize the body and see if there is held tension. Compassionate touch is a means of “prepping” the body for a mechanical massage, which may help to relax the body and allow the deeper benefits.

Guided Meditation 
Experience being present in the moment through guided meditation and learn the benefits on your overall well-being. 

Hair Donation 
Get ready for summer by cutting off and donating your long hair! Receive a complementary haircut and style by one of our stylists and help a cancer patient at the same time.

Kid's Fun Zone 
Kids learn how to eat healthy through games and activities with free giveaways. Let the creative juices flow at our arts and crafts table or visit our face painting and henna station.

Mindful Eating 
Get away from the fast-pace lifestyle of eating and learn how to bring your full attention to the process of eating, with all the tastes, smells, thoughts, and feelings associated with every bite. This is beneficial for those who struggle with weight management and also for those who want to learn how to enjoy food more.

Reiki masters utilize a series of hand positions to help with stress reduction and relaxation. Sessions are 15 minutes long and are gentle and non-invasive.

Restorative Yoga- with Dr. Vempaty 
Experience how restorative yoga can help reduce stress, increase range of motion, improve circulation, and manage chronic pain. Sessions are 20 minutes long.

Rhythms of Wellness 
Listen to the calming sounds of Rhythms of Wellness and get hands-on experience with instruments at their individual booths (drums, Tibetan Bowls, and flute).

Stretch and Relax 
Learn simple stretches that, with regular practice, will help make your body stronger and relax and inspire your mind.

Tai Chi 
This simple, gentle, flowing movement is shown to reduce stress and increase balance, inner peace, and flexibility. 

(34 booths listed by topic)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  • Acupuncture
    How can acupuncture help patients with cancer? Learn about how acupuncture stimulates key points in the body and prompts the flow of vital life energy—called qi or chi—and meet the specialists who provide this treatment.
  • Even if something is “all natural” can it interfere with your cancer treatment or the medications you take? What are antioxidants and what do they have to do with fighting cancer? Pharmacists will be on hand to help you sort through these and more questions. Please bring the list of supplements that you are interested in learning about.

Cancer Screening
After diagnosis and treatment for cancer, it is even more important to keep up with screenings for other cancers. Check out “The Colon Experience” inflatable tunnel and learn about colon, prostate, skin, and breast cancer screening, among others.

Kaiser Permanente Clinics 

  • Nuclear Medicine
    The Department of Nuclear Medicine handles PET scans, bone scans, and radioactive iodine scans, as well as thyroid cancer treatment and radioactive nucleotide treatment for the bone. Get your questions answered about these and other procedures, and learn about recommendations for preparation and protection.
  • Oncology Clinical Trials
    Kaiser Permanente is an active and leading participant in several national cooperative trials. Santa Clara Medical Center was recognized by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO for improving cancer care through high quality clinical trial programs. Learn about clinical trials and how participation can improve care standards.
  • Pharmacy and Drug Interactions
    Get tips from our pharmacists on managing side-effects of cancer treatments, taking your chemo medications, and safe disposal of medications. They can also provide information about herbs and supplements.
  • Radiology- Imaging Services
    Imaging services is often used help diagnose cancer and follow your treatment progress. But there is a lot you may not know about imaging services. Talk to our technicians to learn more about mammography, breast imaging, and biopsies.

Kaiser Permanente Rehabilitation Services

  • Speech and rehabilitation
    Kaiser Permanente care includes access to specialists who can help you strengthen muscles, lessen fatigue, manage lymphedema, rehabilitate speech, and assist with other side-effects of cancer treatment. Meet the specialists and get your questions answered about anything from compression garments to getting set up with a specialized rehabilitation program to fit your needs.

Kaiser Permanente Support Services 

  • Support Groups Facilitators and patients who currently participate in groups offered at our San Jose and Santa Clara campuses will be available to share their experiences and the positive affect these groups have had on their recovery. Current cancer support groups include: head and neck, prostate, caregivers, general, gynecology, and oncology.
  • Pet Therapy Team and Volunteer Services   
    Come meet the pets that help cheer up our patients during cancer treatment and learn how you can participate in our volunteer services
  • Support and Mentorship Program
    Sign up as a “Cancer Buddy” to help current "Cancer Fighters" on a one-on-one basis. The "Cancer Buddy System” through the Asian-American Cancer Support Network matches people by several variables including cancer type, age, gender, region, and language.
  • Oncology Supportive Care Clinic
    In order to help optimize your quality of life, we have opened a new clinic to treat symptoms associated with cancer or cancer treatment. Come find out how Oncology Supportive Care Services can be integrated into your cancer care.
  • Cancer Website: Patient Navigation/video visit technology
    Discover how our website and online resources can help you learn more about your diagnosis, ways to minimize side-effects of treatment and chance of cancer recurrence, and get practical information to help with daily needs.
  • Prostate Cancer
    You have questions, our urologists have answers. Learn about potential side-effects of prostate cancer treatment, such as urinary and erectile dysfunction, as well as information about other male cancers.
  • Psychiatric Oncology Program
    Psychiatrists and social workers are available to help you with your special needs. Get answers and learn more about these services.


Health Education 
Our Health Education Department has resources and programs to help you maintain and improve your health and wellness. Learn how our wellness team of health professionals can help you learn healthy ways to eat, exercise, communicate, manage stress, and take care of yourself and loved ones.

Mind Body Wellness
Emotions, thoughts, and behaviors can affect your health. Learn to recognize the sources of stress in your life, manage stress-related symptoms, develop healthy lifestyle habits, and take better care of yourself.

Survive and Thrive Cancer Survivorship Program
While Cancer Survivors Day comes only once a year, you can continue to find nourishment and strength in mind, body, and spirit throughout the year through this program. Don’t know where to start? “Survivor—Now What?” is the ideal introductory class. Other available classes:

  • Mind-Body Stress Management
  • Mind-Body Wellness Workshops
  • Cancer-Fighting Cooking
  • Nutrition Basics
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Strength Training: Body & Mind


Healthy Eating and Weight Management
What is the anti-inflammatory diet? What are the benefits of a plant-based diet? How does weight affect my overall survival? How can I fight cancer with food? Learn from our dietician what types of food have the most nutritional value and how to build a healthy and balanced meal.

Whole Foods
Representatives from Whole Foods host a hands-on Cancer Fighting Cooking Class in Cupertino. Get the details and tips on healthy eating every day.


Pediatric Oncology Team
The Child Life Team provides support and information for our pediatric population. Come and learn more about how they can help you and your family.


American Cancer Society
Check out our Look Good Feel Better demonstration table and get information about prevention, treatment, and survivorship and programs such as Road to Recovery (transportation), Reach to Recovery (breast cancer support), and I Can Cope.

Asian American Cancer Support Network
Learn about the educational, supportive, and diverse network of resources available, not only to Asian-Americans but to everyone. Check out the limited edition survivorship gift basket and enjoy Jamba Juice refreshments, which they sponsored

Breast Cancer Connection
Dedicated to setting the standard for compassionate support and comprehensive information in the San Francisco Bay Area for those affected by breast cancer. 

Cancer Care Point
Providing hope and help for individuals and families in Silicon Valley whose lives are touched by cancer. They provide a vast array of programs and classes including imagery, massage therapy, yoga, nutrition consults, and support groups, as well as transportation and financial resources. 

City of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation
Learn more about opportunities to enjoy the resources that Santa Clara provides within our neighborhood

JW House
JW House sponsors a guest house on the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara campus so families of patients undergoing treatment, or patients themselves, can find rest during the day or stay overnight. Founded by JW Knapen, a boy who, in the midst of battling cancer, wanted to do something to help other children and families facing similar situations

Latinas Contra Cancer
Provides cancer health education, patient navigation, and psycho-social family support targeting underserved and low-income, Spanish-speakers

Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
Dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and services to patients and their families with leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Pediatric Spanish-speaking support program with Latinas Contra Cancer.

The Next Step
A woman’s boutique established to accommodate the special needs of women who have experienced breast cancer. Stop by and learn more!

Okizu Supporting Families  This program is for families affected by childhood cancer. They also offer Family Camp, Oncology Camp, SIBS Camp, and programs for teens and young adults. 

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