Comprehensive Cancer Treatment and Support
When dealing with a cancer diagnosis, we know how hard it can be to coordinate the various aspects of your care. At St. John’s Hospitals, we provide you with access to everything you will need during your treatment – all in one convenient location. Whether you need assistance from our oncology nurse navigator, a support group or class to join, or an improved nutritional plan to help combat the side effects of your treatment, the compassionate providers at St. John’s Cancer Center are here to help when you need us most. St. John’s Cancer Program has received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for exceptional expertise and patient-centered care.
St. John’s Hospitals offer a one-stop resource for cancer information, therapy planning and support, offering comprehensive cancer care at St. John’s Cancer Center of Ventura County (Cancer Center), including:
An oncology nurse navigator to guide the patient
through the entire treatment process
- Innovative treatment options, including new forms of chemotherapy, surgical interventions and focused-beam radiation
- A comprehensive breast care program including the new Integrated Breast Center at St. John’s
- A dedicated Lung Cancer Screening Program
- Relaxation therapies, yoga and stress management at no cost
- Support groups, nutrition counseling and education programs at no cost
- Peer and professional counseling
- Wig and prosthesis fittings
- Jennifer Diamond Cancer Education Library
- Healing Gardens at both St. John’s locations
- Contact Our Cancer Center
Ongoing Free Events
Cancer Center Calendar (PDF): See a monthly schedule of our free classes and support groups.
Cancer Center Ongoing Events (PDF): See a list of cancer center events and programs.
For an appointment or more information, please call St. John’s Cancer Center .
Colorectal Cancer Support Group: second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Facilitated by Mary Anna Palmer, MS, MFT from The Wellness Community.
The Color of Love Group: first and third Thursdays of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This group is designed to allow cancer patients and their families to express themselves through art. Facilitated by local artist Kathleen Hagen, who has over eight years of experience in leading this group.
Exercise is Wise (an After Breast Cancer Surgery Exercise Class): Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Classes are held at St. John’s Outpatient Therapy Center, 961 N. Rice Avenue #3, Oxnard.
Free Wigs, Hats and Scarves
Group Meditation in Español: first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon. Facilitated by Amalia Sperberg, RM.
Individual Bilingual Counseling for Patients and Caregivers: By appointment only. Call (805) 988-2641.
Kids with Relatives with Cancer Support Group: Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Facilitated by A. Diane Martell, LMFT. Co-sponsored by The Wellness Community.
Latina Breast Cancer Support Group: first and third Thursdays of each month from noon to 1 p.m. Facilitated by Rosie Hernandez, MSW.
Latina Women’s Support Group: second and fourth Mondays of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for Latina women with any kind of cancer. Facilitated by A. Diane Martell, LMFT. Co-sponsored by The Wellness Community.
Latino Cancer Support Group: second and fourth Fridays of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for patients and family members. Facilitated by A. Diane Martell, LMFT. Co-sponsored with The Wellness Community.
Lymphedema Education and Screening Clinic: third Friday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Individual risk assessments and valuable information for the prevention of chronic lymphedema will be provided by Cassandra Norton, PT.
Nutrition Counseling: Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individual one-hour sessions with Susan J. Speer, MS, RD, FADA, CSO, a certified nutritionist specializing in diets for cancer patients that can help you eat better and feel better. She can explain problems related to your individual condition and develop a dietary plan to meet your special needs.
Prostate Cancer Support Group: third Tuesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Facilitated by Helmut K. Hoenigsberg, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Relaxation Therapy: see the Cancer Center calendar (PDF) for days and times. Practitioners strategically place their hands on various positions of the body so energy can begin to flow. Patients often report they have less pain and nausea and are able to sleep better and think more clearly.
Reinhabiting You Yoga Classes: Gentle Yoga for Your Journey with Cancer – Thursdays from 1:45 to 3 p.m.; Feeling Better and Stronger with Yoga – Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Taught by Audrey Waltzer, owner and director of Camarillo Yoga Center.
Women with Cancer Support Group: Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Facilitated by Joyce Boucher, LCSW, MFT. Co-sponsored by The Wellness Community.