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Cancer Center Patient Resources

Last Updated 1/3/2014 2:03:21 PM

Hope and healing are all around you. When you or a loved one has cancer, you seek not only the best medical care, but also information about other resources that can help you cope with the diagnosis and fight the disease.

Advance Health Care Directives

Classes and Lectures

Creative Expressions
Like music, the creation of art can be a life-affirming, healing experience. Professional artist and teacher Tehila Eisenstat has seen first-hand how the process of making art helps patients cope with disease, pain and stress. She teaches painting to cancer survivors at the hospital through her weekly Creative Expressions classes.

Tehila developed this program as a way of sharing the joy of art with people in need. She welcomes patients with all levels of painting experience into her class. By carefully demonstrating painting techniques, giving students individual attention, and fostering a non-judgmental, supportive environment, Eisenstat encourages her students to create paintings with depth and movement, and to find their passion and style. In the process these art classes have become a wonderful support group, giving the participants an opportunity to focus together on color and shape rather than needles and pain.

The class is free of charges and supplies are included, but registration is required.  Class is ongoing and students may join at any time. To register or for more information, please contact the Cancer Center at 650-988-8338.

Read the feature article in the Los Altos Town Crier "Healing Heart of Art: Local Artisan Shares Her Love of Painting with Cancer Patients" an exclusive story about this program.

Click to download a PDF brochure of Creative Expressions

Download a PDF brochure
about Creative Expressions

Directions and Parking
The Infusion Center and other key Cancer Center services are located in the Melchor Pavilion. Free parking is available in the parking structure next to Melchor Pavilion.

Exercise for cancer patients
Living Strong Living Well™ is a 12-week small group program designed for adult cancer survivors who have recently become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. Our goal is to help patients build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability.

Download a brochure on the Living Strong, Living Well™ Program at El Camino Hospital.

Financial Counseling
El Camino Hospital's health insurance counseling service is free and available to our community's patients and families ages 18 to 64. It is designed to address concerns about medical bills or insurance coverage. Our counselors offer one-on-one telephone assistance to help answer questions and offer professional advice to solve specific health insurance issues.

Healing Arts
El Camino Hospital also offers several alternative and holistic therapy options for patients and their families including a hospital-wide music program; humor and guided meditation TV channels; a weekly pet therapy program; an outdoor meditation garden; mindful programs; and a spiritual care program that serves all faiths and cultures.

Health Library and Resource Center
The hospital’s Health Library and Resource Center, a free community service, offers books, videotapes, classes and Internet access to help you search for information about cancer and treatment breakthroughs.

El Camino Hospital subscribes to AT&T’s Language Line, where we can access certified medical interpreters 24-hours a day, over the phone.

Support Group and Classes
A full array of active support groups and classes is available to cancer patients and their families, including:

  • Advanced Prostate Cancer Group
  • Creative Expressions Painting Classes
  • General Cancer Support Groups
  • Prostate Cancer Support and Education Group
  • Young Adult Cancer Support Group (Healthy Young Attitude)

Visit the El Camino Hospital Calendar for more details. For information on additional support groups, relating to specific cancers, please contact the Cancer Center at 650-988-7519.

The Cancer Support Groups at El Camino Hospital

Click this image to download a brochure on the Cancer Center Support Groups

Download an informational brochure about the Cancer Support Groups
at El Camino Hospital or visit the
Cancer Center Calendar for
meeting dates and times.

Prostate Cancer Support

Click this image to download a brochure on the Prostate Cancer Support Groups

Download an informational brochure about the Prostate Cancer Support Groups at El Camino Hospital.