Local Presentations, Classes, and Workshops

Upcoming Educactional Opportunities

    • 07 May 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kennedy School, 5736 Northeast 33rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97211

    Our annual Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon, is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017. Sponsored by Compass Oncology and AstraZeneca, the luncheon celebrates the lives of ovarian cancer survivors and those who volunteer for our organization.

    Our speaker is Katya Lezin, who is an ovarian cancer survivor, BRCA positive, and the author of the book But I Just Grew Out My Bangs! Katya, who lives in Charlotte NC,  will travel to Oregon to speak at the luncheon thanks to the the generosity of Myriad Genetics.

    Ovarian cancer survivors and volunteers are invited to attend free of charge. Guests are welcome to attend, but we ask that they pay a small fee for their lunch ($20 per person).

    Katya Lezin's bio: Even though the extent of her Jewish lineage is a keen appreciation for a good bagel and lox, Katya Lezin is enough of an Ashkenazi Jew to inherit the BRCA-1 genetic mutation.   Her indoctrination into the world of hereditary cancer came when Lezin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2011. Despite the fact that her cancer journey has included a recurrence (in November 2013), seven surgeries, months of chemotherapy, ten hospitalizations and the removal of multiple body parts, she thinks the Big C has brought more good than bad into her life.   When given the opportunity, she chooses to laugh rather than cry at some of the indignities she has suffered along the way and she’s a big believer in grabbing your moments of joy and mirth wherever you can. 

    She has chronicled her cancer journey in her weekly column for The Charlotte Observer and in a memoir she wrote entitled, BUT I JUST GREW OUT MY BANGS, A CANCER TALE.  One of the silver linings of her cancer journey is that it has provided a forum for her inner standup comic wannabe, and she now travels the country as a patient advocate and survivor, speaking to cancer support groups, medical professionals and anyone who will listen to her account of the upside of being BRCA-1 positive and being a cancer survivor.  

    Thanks to Compass Oncology and AstraZeneca for sponsoring the luncheon, and thanks to Myriad Genetics for sponsoring the speaker.


    • 21 Jun 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Compass Oncology, Rose Quarter location, 265 N. Broadway, Portland
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    The annual Ovarian Cancer Medical Update on Wednesday, June 21 will focus on ovarian cancer information including the latest developments in diagnosis and treatment. There will also be a segment on genetic counseling and testing.

     Dr. Lisa McCluskey, MD, is the featured speaker along with an expert on genetic counseling, Becky Clark, MS, CGCThis event is presented in conjunction with Compass Oncology.

Past Educational Events

05 Apr 2017 Jeanette Walls: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
11 Mar 2017 Portland Women's Expo -- Super Heroes In Session!
21 Feb 2017 Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment 2017, hosted by Compass Oncology
08 Feb 2017 Marin Alsop: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
06 Feb 2017 Webinar: Update on ACA and public policy with OCRFA Chad Ramsey
04 Dec 2016 2016 Year-End Letter: Read It Now!
28 Nov 2016 Webinar: Managing Recurrence -- What You Need to Know
16 Nov 2016 Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
07 Nov 2016 Always More to Learn -- Advances in Breast and Ovarian Cancer
05 Nov 2016 Complementary Medicine Workshop
26 Oct 2016 Webinar: Info Session on Becoming a Scientific Research Advocate
06 Oct 2016 SHARE webinar: Fear of Recurrence for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors
28 Sep 2016 Mariel Hemingway: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
28 Sep 2016 Cancer Down There
22 Sep 2016 Webinar: Stand Up to Cancer Ovarian Cancer Dream Team Update
20 Sep 2016 CancerCare webinar: Update on ADVANCED Ovarian Cancer
15 Sep 2016 SHARE webinar: Strategies for Long-term Management of Recurrent Ovarian Cancer
12 Sep 2016 11th Biennial Marsha Rivkin Ovarian Cancer Research Symposium
07 Sep 2016 CancerCare webinar: Update on Ovarian Cancer
20 Jun 2016 Ovarian Cancer Medical Update
23 Apr 2016 Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon with Speaker Dr. Amanda Bruegl
02 Apr 2016 Women's Expo -- OvCa Advocacy
12 Mar 2016 "Woman to Woman" Mentor Training at OHSU
08 Mar 2016 Gyn Cancer Support Group Meeting in Corvallis
05 Mar 2016 Breast Cancer Issues Conference, hosted by Komen Oregon and SW WA
24 Feb 2016 Advancements in Breast Cancer Treatment 2016, hosted by Compass Oncology
20 Feb 2016 Survivor Luncheon in Eugene
11 Jan 2016 Women's Cancer Support Group, hosted by Compass Oncology
10 Oct 2015 "Woman to Woman" program Mentor Training at OHSU
10 Oct 2015 Survivor Luncheon in Centralia
09 Sep 2015 Portland Proclamation Day -- Declaring September "Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month"
24 Jul 2015 2015 Ovarian Cancer National Conference, hosted by OCNA
16 Jun 2015 Medical Update Seminar in partnership with Compass Oncology
06 Jun 2015 Peer Mentor Training: refresh your skills or become a NEW Peer Mentor and help women with ovarian cancer.
18 May 2015 Info Session: Everything You Want to Know About BRCA Genes, But Were Afraid to Ask
09 May 2015 Tracy Maxwell: Guest Speaker at the Survivor and Volunteer Lunch
09 May 2015 Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon, with Speaker and OvCa Survivor Tracy Maxwell. Sponsored by Compass Oncology.
08 May 2015 AM Northwest Hosts Tracy Maxwell as a Guest
28 Apr 2015 CancerCare Web/Pod Cast on Ovarian Cancer
01 Apr 2015 Legacy Fitness Class
21 Mar 2015 Breast Cancer Issues Conference, hosted by Komen Oregon and SW WA
24 Feb 2015 Advancements in Breast Cancer, hosted by Compass Oncology
04 Feb 2015 N.E.D. Documentary Movie Screening on World Cancer Day 2015
10 Jun 2014 OCAOSW’s Medical Update
20 Feb 2014 Unlocking the Secrets of Cancer Growth

Ongoing Educational Opportunities

There are a number of local organizations that offer various classes, presentations, and workshops throughout the year.  Check their calendars to get the most up-to-date information about their offerings.

Compass Oncology Educational Series:


These are classes that are open to the public for the benefit of patients and family members living with cancer. Space is limited and registration is required. 

Look Good, Feel Better:


These nationwide group programs are offered in various health and community settings. Trained, volunteer cosmetologists teach women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and high quality skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. Women also learn how to wear wigs, scarves, and other accessories.

OHSU Fit Together Exercise Class

FIT [Functional Improvement after Treatment] Together offers evidence-based, professionally led, group exercise classes to men and women recovering from treatment for cancer. Class schedule and registration information, here.

Legacy Health Classes and Workshops


These are classes on various topics.


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