Tower Cancer Research Foundation provides educational lectures for the community facilitated by service providers and experts in the field of cancer care.

The Art of Forgiveness

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Dr. Fred Luskin, the director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, joined Magnolia House for an inspiring and educational discussion around the importance of forgiveness. Topics included the benefits of practicing forgiveness, including the ways the practice can, according to Dr. Luskin, “reduce stress, blood pressure, anger, depression, and hurt, and it can increase optimism, hope, compassion, and physical vitality.”

Osteopenia and Osteoporosis – How to safely and effectively support bone health

March 17, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Physical Therapist and Magnolia House Pilates Instructor Mae Murakami joined Magnolia House’s Certified Yoga Instructor Sharon Holly to present on Osteoporosis and Osteopenia. Through presentation and movement, the lecture explored everything from risk factors, to bone basics, to preventative exercises. We have provided the slides from the evening for those interested in learning more.

Systemic Injustice and Health Inequities in Cancer Care

Feb 23 from 5:30-6:30 PM

According to the American Cancer Society, “Black communities and other populations disparately impacted by cancer experience greater obstacles to cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and survival, including systemic racial disparities that go beyond the obvious connection to cancer.” Within the health care system, and in particular in cancer care, these inequities are pervasive and entrenched, while the incredible advancements in cancer research have not benefited these same communities.

In this lecture, Dr. Carpten, Director of the USC Institute for Translational Genomics, Keck School of Medicine, explored the root causes of these inequities and how we can develop strategies and initiatives to eliminate these disparities and make the system more equitable.


Cancer During COVID | Advanced Planning

Date: June 17, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced that a person’s health can change rapidly. Whether affected by COVID or not, it’s a reminder that a person with cancer may require more specialized care. By planning in advance, people diagnosed with cancer can help ensure that their wishes about treatment will be followed.

This webinar encourages people to plan ahead to ensure that their loved ones – and assets – are protected. It provides an overview of advanced healthcare directives, powers of attorney for financial affairs, and wills and trusts.

Cancer During COVID Series: Employment Legal Resources for Cancer Patients

Thursday, May 13, 2021

COVID-19 has changed the workplace in significant ways, and there are additional considerations for those affected by cancer. This webinar will break down the most useful information about COVID-related protections related to employment and about the laws that have been in place and that will remain after COVID-related laws are projected to end. 

This “Cancer During Covid” webinar series is sponsored by a grant from the Tower Cancer Research Foundation.

Cancer During COVID-19: Navigating Health Insurance for People with Cancer

April 15, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought health to the forefront and underscores the importance of accessible information about health insurance. This webinar will be particularly helpful for those with cancer who are concerned about losing their health insurance or want to change coverage, whether they are shopping on or off the health insurance marketplace.

This “Cancer During Covid” webinar series is sponsored by a grant from the Tower Cancer Research Foundation.


Cancer During COVID-19: Legal Resources for One Year Since the pandemic

March 18, 2021

COVID-19 has made many things – including a cancer diagnosis – more challenging. This webinar will cover various legal issues that may stem from a cancer diagnosis, including employment law, insurance options and disability insurance, and laws that protect people affected by cancer.

This “Cancer During Covid” webinar series is put on by the Cancer Legal Resource Center, sponsored by a grant from the Tower Cancer Research Foundation.