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Free Seminar on Complementary Option for Cancer Care will Focus on Acupuncture and Qigong

Ventura California, 06/15/2010

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara and the Community Memorial Hospital Cancer Resource Center invite cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers to a free workshop entitled “Cancer from a Chinese Medicine Perspective” with licensed acupuncturist Mike Long, L.Ac.  The program will take place Tuesday, July 20 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the CMHS Cancer Resource Center, located inside the Center for Family Health, 120 North Ashwood Ave, Ventura, CA 93003.  To RSVP please call (805) 652-5459.

The purpose of this workshop is to help people with cancer and their loved ones make informed choices about complementary medicine.  Presenter Mike Long, L.Ac. will focus primarily on two modalities of traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and qigong.   Topics include basic concepts of traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, how it can help people with cancer, some acupuncture points participants can use themselves, a review of the evidence base in the US and China and how to select a practitioner.  Attendees will also be led in simple qigong.  Mike Long, L.Ac is a licensed acupuncturist and a graduate of the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine.  He is affiliated with Coastal Acupuncture in Ventura.

Founded in 1982, The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones.  In July 2009, The Cancer Support Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the largest provider of cancer support worldwide. The combined organization is comprised of nearly 50 local affiliates, 12 affiliates in development and over 100 satellite locations.  By offering professionally led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress-reduction classes, The Cancer Support Community and Gilda’s Club continue to provide support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer.

As a local affiliate, The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara serves over 3,000 community members affected by cancer each year in both English and Spanish at locations in the west San Fernando Valley and throughout Ventura County. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit or call 805-379-4777. Give hope to a child affected by cancer: Text COMMUNITY to 90999 to donate $10 to cancer support programs.  Standard text messaging rates apply. For full terms visit

The Cancer Resource Center at Community Memorial Hospital offers a variety of services designed to meet the needs of individuals faced with a diagnosis of cancer, as well as providing programs for family members, friends, and the community-at-large. These services are offered free of charge in a comfortable, non-hospital setting. Community Memorial Hospital is a non-profit, 240-bed, community-owned regional hospital and health center governed by an unpaid board of trustees. It is fully licensed by the State of California Department of Health Services and Accredited by DNV on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.  The Community Memorial Hospital Cancer Program is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons.