The MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Medical Center hopes you know we are here for you to help support your journey from where you are today until post-treatment care and beyond. It is our goal to provide education, support, and resources to assist with any concerns that you may have, in your own unique way. Knowing that not everyone has to do something entirely on their own may be a comfort to many persons affected by cancer.
Survivorship Support Services/Resources
- Beat the Odds® in Cancer Treatment
The Beat the Odds® program consists of 10 weekly 2 ½-hour classes offering research-based strategies for improving quality of life, managing symptoms and side effects, and positively impacting survival after a cancer diagnosis.
- Boost the Odds
The Boost the Odds program is an advanced cancer survivorship program for alumni of Beat the Odds. It is a two-hour class offered once a month, free of charge. It focuses on more in depth exploration of the skills and concepts taught in Beat the Odds with more emphasis on how to effectively introduce healthy lifestyle modification.
- Cancer Coaching
A diagnosis of cancer is one of life’s greatest challenges. A cancer coach provides guidance and tools needed to feel conﬁdent and empowered along the way. This service is free, personal and confidential.
- Community Events
Throughout the year, the Todd Cancer Institute hosts several community events, including Team Spirit Long Beach Cancer 5K, Annual Survivorship Celebration, Health & Wellness Fair, and more.
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- “Freedom from Smoking” Program
The American Lung Association’s “Freedom from Smoking” program includes eight group-style meetings and features a step-by-step plan to help tobacco users gain control over their behavior and quit smoking. Each meeting is facilitated by a respiratory care practitioner and oncology nurse practitioner.
- Genetic Counseling
The Todd Cancer Institute is pleased to offer genetic counseling services by master’s-trained health care professionals. Our genetic counselors perform risk assessments for patients who have a personal and/or family history of cancer.
- Marti’s Closet
Marti’s Closet comforts those after cancer surgery through blouses that are gently worn, clean, and ready to wear. Patients may select button-down blouses free of charge during a time of possible need after surgery.
- Nurse Navigators
Compassionate oncology navigators assist with education, resources, and care coordination throughout the continuum of cancer care.
- Nutrition Support
Registered dietitian nutritionists offer counseling for the management of symptoms and side effects related to cancer and cancer treatment. Our dietitians also provide nutrition education to support you during and after cancer treatment.
- Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic
Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and the stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both patient and their family.
This gentle Pilates and core strengthening class, facilitated by a physical therapist, is designed for cancer survivors. Pilates is an exercise system which focuses on engaging the mind and body with exercises initiated from the core. Pilates can help strengthen the spine and improve spinal health at various stages of healing and ﬁtness.
Physical therapy before and after cancer treatment may help patients regain and maintain strength and energy. Each patient receives specialized care from our professional physical therapy staff surrounded by a culture of healing and hope.
- Social Work
Oncology social workers are available to provide counseling and connections to community resources, which can improve coping and reduce stress for patients and their families through all phases of cancer treatment.
- Support Groups
We offer various support groups designed to teach patients and their families skills to cope with a cancer diagnosis, including our
- Weekly Walking Group
Weekly walking group for cancer survivors. The group meets every Tuesday and Friday morning from 9 – 10 a.m. in Long Beach and often enjoys coffee after the walk.
- Women Guiding Women: Cancer Support & Education™
A peer mentor program for women who are newly diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancers. Patients are matched with our mentors who are specially trained cancer survivors that encourage and guide patients through the time of diagnosis, treatment, surgery and onto recovery. Free program open to the community, regardless of where you receive treatment.
- Writing Through the Cancer Journey: A Writing Workshop for Cancer Patients
This 8-week series of writing workshops is for patients, loved ones, caregivers, and health care providers. You can attend any or all of the workshops. In these sessions, you will explore the transformative power of expressive writing to promote equilibrium, strengthen the immune system, reduce stress, and beneﬁt well-being during times of uncertainty.
This gentle yoga wellness exercise class, hosted by an assistant physical therapist, is designed for cancer patients and caregivers. The class focuses on breathing, meditation and gentle yoga poses to help relieve stress and relax muscles. No experience required. Wear comfortable clothing.
Some services may require a referral — speak to your oncology provider if you are interested in any of these services.