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Community Forums and Events

The Office of Patient and Community Education (OPACE) hosts a number educational and outreach events throughout the year. 

Annual Cancer Survivors Celebration 

Our annual Cancer Survivorship Celebration offers a day of celebration, reflection, and hope for cancer survivors, caregivers, healthcare providers, researchers and members of our community. 

Community Forums

Our team organizes community forums on cancer-related topics throughout the year. Recently, our expert teams have led forums on topics ranging from high-risk breast cancer, cancer prevention through HPV vaccination, kidney cancer survivorship, and advances in lung cancer research and clinical care. 

View our calendar to find upcoming Community Events.

Health Promotion and Education

Our health educators provide many outreach and educational opportunities to the Nashville community focused on cancer screening and prevention. From informational booths at community events and health fairs to educational sessions focused on health concerns of the Latino and African-American communities, our staff bring the highest-quality health information to those we serve. Learn more about our cancer screening and prevention programs and our Healthy Communities Program

Support Groups and Workshops

The OPACE team also hosts or facilitates a number of patient support groups and workshops. 

Look Good...Feel Better

A free program that helps women look their best during cancer. Classes may include an awareness practice, breathing practices, gentle movements, and meditation treatment. Experienced cosmetologists teach cancer patients beauty tips to help conceal the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Classes are held at Vanderbilt Health, One Hundred Oaks on the Third Wednesday of each month from 10 am – noon. RSVP required. For more information about upcoming sessions, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Expressive Yourself Writing Workshops

This program is for anyone impacted by cancer who is interested in learning and exploring expressive writing.  The program is free, regardless of where cancer care is received, and no experience is required.  Writing workshops are a collaboration of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt Oncology Expressive Arts Committee, and the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy.

For more information about these and many other wellness and support programs, download our Wellness Catalog