Local Presentations, Classes, and Workshops

Upcoming Educactional Opportunities

    • 01 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • DoubleTree Hotel; 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR

    Learn about the most recent developments in breast cancer research and treatment directly from the physicians at Compass Oncology.

    You will hear a review of the latest information presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the largest international breast cancer conference. 

    Event is free, but RSVP's are requested; Email events@CompassOncology.com 

    Schedule and more info: https://compassoncology.com/calendar/events/15244/

    • 19 May 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Center for Health and Healing, OHSU, 3303 SW Bond Ave,Portland (South Waterfront)

    Join us for a two-part series on May 19th, led by Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

    Part 1: Communicating Effectively About Ovarian Cancer. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    The morning workshop will focus on how to communicate more effectively to other women about ovarian cancer. This workshop is designed as a training for ovarian cancer survivors who want to volunteer to mentor local women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer or facing a recurrence. It will be both an introductory course on peer mentoring, and will be a review for those who are already Peer Mentors with the Ovarian Cancer Alliance. This workshop is also open to any survivor who is simply interested in learning better communication skills. 

    Lunch: 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

    The lunch break will be an opportunity to network with other survivors and participants. Please bring a brown bag lunch or take-out from the Daily Cafe in the lobby of the CHH. There is no need to register for this; just come if you can.

    Part 2: Dealing with Recurrence and the Fear of Recurrence. 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

    The afternoon workshop will focus on dealing with recurrence and the fear of recurrence.

    Registration (Morning Session, Afternoon Session, or Both) is required. Participation is open to all, and is free of charge.

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    Portland Streetcar

    • 20 May 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • to be provided, later

    It is time to assemble more teal "By Your Side" chemo care kits and we'd love some volunteer help in putting them together!

    Each BYS kit includes an ovarian cancer resource guide, a teal fleece blanket, a water bottle and notebook. Once put together, additional volunteers will deliver them to chemo treatment centers across Oregon and SW Washington where they are given out free of charge to any woman who is newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer or facing a recurrence.

    If you can't volunteer, but love the idea of the BYS kits, consider a donation to OCAOSW. Each kit costs about $45 to make.

    • 07 Jun 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Common Block Brewery, 315 E 5th St, Medford, OR 97501

    Ovarian cancer survivors and members of the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington are having lunch together in Medford on June 7th.

    The lunch will be informal, and a simple way for ovarian cancer survivors from southern Oregon to meet other ovarian cancer survivors who live in the Medford/Ashland area, plus a few additional survivors from the Portland area. The lunch will be hosted and paid for by the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and SW Washington; friends and family are welcome, too, but are asked to cover their own lunch.

    Please register to attend so we know how many to expect.

    Note: we define "Survivor" as any woman who has ever received an ovarian cancer diagnosis, whether she is N.E.D. (yeah!), in current treatment for a first-time diagnosis, or facing a recurrence.


    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Compass Oncology, Rose Quarter location, 265 N. Broadway, Portland
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    The Latest on Treatment and Diagnosis

    The annual Ovarian Cancer Medical Update (Tuesday, June 12th) 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.

    This event is free to any ovarian cancer survivor, family member and/or guest. Registration is required as space is limited.

     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.

    Parking is available onsite. Light snacks are provided, compliments of Compass Oncology.

    Note: we define "Survivor" as any woman who has ever received an ovarian cancer diagnosis, whether she is N.E.D. (yeah!), in current treatment for a first-time diagnosis, or facing a recurrence. 

    • 28 Jul 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Alameda Brew House @ 4765 NE Fremont St Portland, OR 97213

    Join ovarian cancer survivors for another no-host lunch. We will reserve tables (based on rsvp's) at the Alameda Brew House on NE Freemont between 47th and 48th. 

    Come by 11:30 to grab a seat! As in the past, we'll order off the menu and each receive our own lunch tab. Friends and family are welcome, of course!



Past Educational Events

20 Apr 2018 Facebook Live with Dr. Bruegl and Super Hero Sherry Hanson
14 Apr 2018 Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon
11 Apr 2018 Alexandra Fuller: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
07 Apr 2018 Answer 2 Cancer
07 Feb 2018 Ruth Wariner: VOICES Lecture Series in Portland
20 Jan 2018 No-Host Nosh (Lunch for Survivors & Friends)
10 Jan 2018 Super Hero Takeover
20 Dec 2017 Webinar: BRCA Genetics in the News by Sharsheret
18 Dec 2017 Facebook Live with Dr. Bruegl and Survivor Becki McC
12 Sep 2017 Legacy Health Awareness Events
06 Sep 2017 N.E.D. Documentary Movie Screening on World Cancer Day 2015
21 Jun 2017 Ovarian Cancer Medical Update
07 May 2017 Survivor and Volunteer Luncheon
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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