Recognizing Cancer Survivors Day - June 2023

Participate in key events that recognize cancer survivors, cancer patients and many more

Cancer patients and survivors attend an outdoor yoga class representing Cancer Survivors Day at Scripps Health during June.

Participate in key events that recognize cancer survivors, cancer patients and many more

National Cancer Survivors Day represents more than the single date of June 4. At Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, we believe it’s a month-long opportunity to celebrate hope by recognizing our nation’s cancer survivors and those living with cancer to help them focus on living life well.

And it’s a time to acknowledge the medical professionals dedicated to cancer treatment, research and support services. 

We also know how important it is to acknowledge cancer’s effect on everyone’s needs — emotional, mental and physical — and the support that’s necessary to balance and restore wellbeing. 

That’s why throughout June we invite cancer survivors, cancer patients, their families and caregivers to join us for one or more of our webinars, classes and/or support groups. 

We look forward to spending this special time with you — together. 

Cancer Survivors Day – June events

Learn about the pelvic floor for men, symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, how to address them and when to seek professional help. The pelvic floor is a combination of muscles, ligaments and connective tissues that support the pelvic organs. Learn about the anatomy, function and roles of the pelvic floor muscles as they relate to urinary control, bladder and bowel function, and sexual health and wellness.

Learn about foods to include in your diet that decrease the risk of cancer recurrence or second primary cancers, improve energy levels and lower the risk of chronic diseases. Discover which foods have the greatest benefits and why, and how to incorporate them in a healthy lifestyle.

Learn about food flexibility for optimal nutrition prior to and during cancer treatment, as well as signs and symptoms related to treatment. Attendees will learn about optimal hydration and nutrition, including the importance of adequate protein and calories.

Healthy Bones Exercise Class - Multiple dates and locations

This exercise program includes exercises that target the body’s larger muscle groups to improve strength, balance and flexibility. Minimize bone loss and promote bone health by utilizing weights, bands and yoga postures. The program is designed to build stronger bones, improve balance and promote functional strength and fitness. This class takes place on the campus of Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego at the Woltman Family College Building.

Exercise for Lymphedema - Multiple dates and locations

Therapeutic exercises are known to help relieve swelling and pain caused by lymphedema. This weekly exercise class is led by experts from Scripps Shiley Fitness Center who teach proper exercise techniques to alleviate swelling and reduce discomfort. The 45-minute exercise class utilizes a combination of seated, standing and floor exercises. Modifications and variations will be offered to accommodate all levels of fitness and conditioning. Medical clearance and advanced notice are required to participate in the class.

Cancer support groups

Whether you or a loved one has cancer or you’re caring for someone who does, it helps to connect with others who are going through similar experiences. Scripps MD Anderson currently hosts the following support groups for people with specific cancer types and their caregivers:

Breast cancer support group - Virtual

This support group meets virtually or by phone.

Wednesday, June 14, 1 - 2 pm

Contact to join: 760-492-5899 or

Breast cancer support group - Spanish only

This support group meets at Scripps Well Being Center in Chula Vista.

Monday, June 5 and June 12, 10 - 11:30 am

Scripps Well Being Center, Chula Vista

Contact to join: 619-862-6613

Gynecologic cancer support group - Virtual

This support group meets virtually or by phone.

Wednesday, June 21, 1 - 2 pm

Contact to join: 760-492-5899 or

Head and neck cancer support group - Virtual

This support group meets virtually or by phone.

Includes those diagnosed with hypopharyngeal, laryngeal, lip, mouth, nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, salivary gland, throat and metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary.

Thursday, June 15, 2 - 3 pm

Contact to join: 858-626-5059

Please contact 800-727-4777 (1-800-Scripps) with questions regarding the classes or support groups.