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.
Irvine Support Groups
Newport Beach.Support Groups

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 first 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

Recently diagnosed with cancer? Join us for an informative orientation to Hoag Family Cancer Institute, discussing treatment areas, support services and other resources on how to connect with the Hoag team. View Flyer

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.

Caregiver Support - Caregivers are the pillar of strength that an individual going through cancer leans upon. These individuals often place most or all of their attention on their loved one going through treatment, and very little on themselves. Attached is a flyer of resources available to the caregiver, offering ways to reconnect and take time to get the support needed through the cancer journey. Learn More.

CLIMB® Program - Talking to kids about cancer can be difficult. That's why Hoag offers a special support group for children called CLIMB® (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery). This free, six-week program, developed by The Children's Treehouse Foundation, provides emotional support to children who have a parent or caregiver with cancer. The CLIMB® program at Hoag offers 2-hour group meetings each week consecutively for 6 weeks for children between the ages of 7 and 12. 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.

Hoag Family Cancer Institute would like to thank the following for their ongoing philanthropic support of our Creative Expressions program: Gail Wirtz Costello Complimentary Therapies Fund and Robert M. McIntyre Memorial Fund.

Next Class: Wednesday, November 20. Learn More.

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

Fatigue 101 - Provided in collaboration with Hoag Rehabilitation Services, Fatigue 101 discusses fatigue management—from a physical, emotional and spiritual perspective. This class offers tools to help deal with cancer-related fatigue, including guidance on the contributing factors and methods to address the specific source of fatigue. Class content will be focused on physical, lifestyle, emotional and social influences. Learn More

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

Grief Recovery Series - Join us for an 8 week series that provides a safe environment for you to look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, which losses have affected your life and take actions that will lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing you pain. 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

Healthy Eating Class: Global Recipes - Join us a for a special cooking class that focuses on Japanese, Korean and Middle Eastern recipes. The class will include a cooking demonstration with tasters and take-home recipes, addressing nutrition and healthy cooking for cancer survivors.

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.

Sugar: #FakeNews - Join Hoag Family Cancer Institute dietitians for a special discussion about sugar and cancer. Learn More

Meditation and Guided Imagery – A workshop designed to teach basic meditation techniques for reducing stress and anxiety. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1-1:45 p.m. in the Hoag Newport Beach Cancer Center Auditorium, and on the first Wednesday of each month from 11-11:45 a.m. at Hoag Cancer Center Irvine in the Healy Family Conference Room.

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

Stress Management 101 - Provides coping strategies and tools to reduce stress, providing a greater overall quality of life. This Stress Management workshop provides education and interactive coping mechanisms such as mindfulness, breathing/relaxation techniques, goal setting and more. Learn More