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Living Well Webinar Series

The Sheri Sobrato Brisson Brain Cancer Survivorship Program hosts a Living Well Webinar Series that is tailored for brain tumor survivors. Video recordings of the webinars are available below.

To see upcoming events and webinars, please visit our Events Calendar. You can also sign up for the UCSF Survivorship Email list to stay informed about upcoming events designed to help brain tumor patients thrive.

 

Getting a Better Night's Sleep

Recorded April 21, 2021.

UCSF psychologist Neha Goyal, PhD discusses behavioral and environmental methods that have been scientifically proven to help cancer patients and survivors improve their nighttime sleep.

 

Digging Deep: A Conversation with Sheri Sobrato Brisson

Recorded March 17, 2021.

Interviewed by UCSF neuro-oncologist Susan Chang, MD, Sheri Sobrato Brisson shares stories about her brain cancer experience, as well as some of the challenges she faced as she re-integrated into her life after treatment. She also discusses two projects she has created as a way to help young people cope with life-threatening illness, as well as her vision for the Brain Cancer Survivorship Program, which she founded at UCSF with Dr. Chang.

 

COVID-19 Update & the Vaccine: What our Neuro-Oncology Community Needs to Know

UCSF neuro-oncology experts Jennie Taylor, MD, Alexa Greenstein, FNP-C, Jane Rabbit, RN, and Rosemary Rossi, MSW, offer an updated look at the current COVID-19 situation. Topics include: the available COVID-19 vaccines and what this means for brain tumor patients; what UCSF and the Neuro-Oncology clinic are doing to protect the well-being of patients, visitors, and staff; and strategies to take care of your mental health throughout the pandemic. (Recorded on January 20, 2021)

 

Lasting Legacies Part 1: Reflections on Living and Learning with a Serious Illness

In part one of this Lasting Legacies webinar, Susan Sandler discusses her recent book “When I First Found Out I Had Brain Cancer” and recounts her emotional journey through a diagnosis of glioblastoma. Naomi Hoffer, MA, MCHES, program manager of the Sheri Sobrato Brisson Brain Cancer Survivorship Program, introduces and interviews Susan.

 

Lasting Legacies Part 2: Reflections on Living and Learning with a Serious Illness

In part two of this Lasting Legacies webinar, Frish Brandt works with survivor Dan Dunnigan to describe the process of creating of a legacy letter or 'lasting letter'.

 

Balancing Work & Brain Cancer (2020)

Presented by guest speaker Nicole Jarvis, LMSW, of Cancer & Careers, this webinar also includes perspectives from brain tumor survivors Tolu Ladeinde and Rukshan Bhaisa.

 

Medical Cannabis for Those Living With Brain Tumors: What Do We Really Know?

Featuring Donald Abrams, MD and Eduardo Rodriguez, MD, who offer a brief history of medical cannabis and how it works, outlining the difference between cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC. They also discuss its therapeutic uses and the current research and knowledge about medical cannabis for people living with brain tumors.

 

The Healing Power of Expressive Arts: A Palette of Possibilities

Featuring Jena Leake, Director of UCSF Art for Recovery Program, as she dialogues with three survivors – Kat Shotz, Ben Pax and Jennifer Neale – about the creative process and what expressive arts means to them in their healing journey. Forward by Susan Chang, MD.

 

Living Well with Seizure Management

Featuring UCSF neuro-oncologist Jennie Taylor, MD , and nurse navigator, Mary Lovely, PhD, RN, the recorded webinar also includes personal perspectives from Lilly Stevens and Chad Findlay.

 

Coping with Fear & Anxiety During Brain Cancer

Featuring UCSF psychologist Dianne Shumay, PhD and two long-term survivors, who offer personal and professional perspectives and strategies for coping with 'scanxiety'.

 

Coping with Brain Cancer-Related Fatigue

Margaretta Page, RN, Alexa Greenstein, FNP-C, and Brook Calton, MD, along with two long-term survivors, offer personal and professional perspectives and strategies for navigating and coping with brain cancer-related fatigue.

 

Coping with Brain Cancer During COVID-19

This special edition webinar addresses these common questions and offers information on the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also review how this may affect your treatment plan and the measures our clinic is taking to keep patients and the health community safe. It also addresses important ways you can keep yourself safe and what you can do to take care of your emotional well-being. With Susan Chang, MD, Alexa Greenstein, FNP-C, Jane Rabbitt, RN, and Rosemary Rossi, MSW.

 

The Ketogenic Diet

Featuring UCSF veteran dietician, Natalie Ledesma, with Chad Findlay who speaks from his personal perspective using the ketogenic diet in his brain tumor recovery as an empowering adjunct to his standard treatment.

 

Strategies for Coping with Cognitive Changes

Presented by UCSF neuropsychologist Christina Weyer Jamora, RN, PhD and nurse practitioner Alexa Greenstein, RN, FNP-C, the webinar also includes perspective from brain tumor survivor Lilly Stevens-Bell.

 

Relationship Resilience Through Brain Cancer

With guest speaker David Bullard, PhD, clinical psychologist at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

Balancing Work & Cancer (2019)

Presented by guest speaker Nicole Jarvis, LMSW, of Cancer & Careers, the webinar also includes perspectives from brain tumor survivors Will Pearce and Dieter Brommer.

Note: The most updated version of our 'Balancing Work with Cancer' webinar was presented on October 21, 2020, and is available here.

 

Exercising for Enhanced Wellness

Presented by guest speaker Regan Fedric, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer at UCSF, the webinar also includes perspectives from brain tumor survivors Kari Blair and Mark Cullen.