Cancer Education & Support

Cancer patients and their families don’t have to go it alone. Support groups sponsored by Simi Valley Hospital and the American Cancer Society provide education and emotional support and introduce patients and their families to other people who are dealing with issues related to cancer. All support groups are free of charge.

Cancer Support Groups

Hope through Sharing (All types of cancer)
First and third Mondays of each month, 6-8 p.m.
Aspen Education Center

ABC: After Breast Cancer
First Thursday of each month, 7-9 p.m.
Aspen Education Center

Prostate Group (“Us Too”)
Second Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m.
Aspen Education Center

I Can Cope

A twice-annual program for newly diagnosed patients and their families to learn how to better cope with cancer. This six-session program includes various nurses and doctors who offer their expertise and answer questions. Call (805) 955-8119 for more information.

I Care Program

The I Care Program sends trained volunteers to the bedsides of newly diagnosed cancer patients to provide emotional support and a listening ear.

Volunteers also deliver a comfort pillow and informational packets to help patients connect with important cancer resources. Volunteers are cancer survivors and their families, as well as others who have experience with a major chronic illness. For more information on I Care training, call (805) 955-8119.

Cancer patients and their families may also call (805) 583-1274 to receive the cancer resource packet.

Cancer Screenings

For more information on any cancer screening events, call (805) 955-8119.

Prostate Cancer Screening
June 2002 (exact date and location to be announced)

  • Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test
  • Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)
  • Educational materials

Breast Cancer Screening
Saturday, Oct. 27, 12 – 4 p.m.
“Women 2 Women” health fair & educational program
Coincides with annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Early Detection Program (BCEDP)
A monthly clinic offering low-income women free screening mammograms and clinical breast exams by a certified nurse practitioner. Call (805) 529-5579 for more information.