Classes & Workshops

Well-informed patients are better equipped to navigate the challenging journey through cancer treatment and recovery. That is why Hoag offers a wide array of free educational programs to support cancer patients in their quest for knowledge.

In addition to the cancer education programs listed below, Hoag offers a variety of support groups designed for cancer patients and their families.

For more information, please call 949-7-CANCER (722-6237).

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Breast Cancer Orientation Class​

We invite all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients to attend this special educational class designed to address the unique concerns of the newly diagnosed breast cancer patient. Learn about the support and resources available at Hoag and in the community. Offered in Irvine the second Tuesday of each month from 12-1:30 p.m. and Newport Beach the third Thursday from 2-3:30 p.m. Feel free to bring an adult support person with you.

General Hoag Family Cancer Institute Orientation

Hoag Family Cancer Institute also offers an online orientation to our center. Click here to learn about the facilities, treatment locations and numerous staff and support persons here to help you and your family along your cancer journey.

Workshops for Well-Being

These unique workshops provide an important avenue for achieving well-being and improved quality of life.

Art & Creativity for Healing: Expressing Feelings with Color - This workshop provides a structured approach of guided art exercises designed to elicit a creative response that encourages the release of stress, grief, anger and many other emotions. Learn More.

Creative Expressions Art Program – This program is based on the idea that the creative process of art can enhance one's quality of life. Workshops are held quarterly and utilize different art mediums at each meeting. No skillset required, all patients and their family and support are welcome. Registration required, please call 949-722-6237 to register.

Dayan Qigong: Mind-Body Care for Cancer Patients - Qigong is a complementary health practice to aid in self-healing, maintain health and achieve longevity. Learn More. Classes are offered at Hoag Cancer Center Irvine.

Fatigue 101 - Join us for a class, provided in collaboration with Hoag Rehabilitation Services, that will discuss fatigue management (physical, emotional or spiritual). Learn more.

Free-Flow Writing Workshop – A workshop designed to teach writing techniques for reducing stress and anxiety. Learn More.

HealthRHYTHMS Drum Circle – Join us to try a new alternative therapy for reducing stress and strengthening your immune system. Learn More.

Healthy Eating Classes - Join us for a healthy cooking class for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. This interactive and educational program will consist of a cooking demonstration, with tasters and take home recipes, addressing nutrition and healthy cooking for cancer survivors, families and the community. Learn More.

Lymphedema Workshop – An educational workshop provided by Lymphedema specialist Leslie Craner. The workshop is held the first Tuesday of each month in the Hoag Newport Beach Cancer Center, Conference Room A from 2-3 p.m.

The Magnificent Seven: Nutrition Myths and Cancer – There are many nutrition questions with a diagnosis of cancer and many theories given to patients and caretakers. Dietitians will go over a variety of nutrition-related beliefs and provide research-based information on the truths and misconceptions.

Meditation and Guided Imagery – A workshop designed to teach basic meditation techniques for reducing stress and anxiety. The group meets the first and fourth Tuesday of each month from 1-2 p.m. in the Hoag Newport Beach Cancer Center Auditorium, and on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Hoag Cancer Center Irvine in the Healy Family Conference Room.

My Best Self: Understanding the Effects of Fatigue and Stress on a Cancer Diagnosis - Hoag Family Cancer Institute patients are invited to a three-part series that will discuss strategies for managing stress and fatigue, maintaining the activities of daily life, and provide exercise and nutritional tips to help them feel their best. Learn more.

Reiki - Reiki is offered as a complementary therapy to support your medical treatment by eliciting the relaxation response enhancing wellness on mental, emotional, physical and spiritual levels. After a Reiki session people often say they have more energy and feel peaceful. Reiki classes are held the first and third Friday of each month at Hoag Newport Beach Cancer Center, and the second and fourth Friday of the month at Hoag Irvine Cancer Center. Learn more.

Spirituality Series - Join us for conversation and creative expression to mindfully explore the hidden wholeness of our souls. Topics include: solitude, the power of story, the gift of emptiness, and hospitality. The series is open to patients, families, caregivers and staff. Learn more.

Registration required. Please call 949-7-CANCER (722-6237).