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MOCC Survivorship Series


Media Contact: Joshua Cowan, St. Helena Hospital

Phone: 967.7515  Email:

November 2, 2012, St. Helena, CA

In the month of October the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center (MOCC) sponsored a 6-week educational series, Moving Forward:  Stepping Stones to Cancer Survivorship, at the Rianda House in St. Helena. MOCC physicians and some of the Napa Valley’s most experienced specialists in Cancer Survivorship crafted presentations that focused on the importance of staying committed to your care and wellbeing during and after cancer treatment. Presentations included Cancer Myths and Facts, by Dr. Gregory Smith and Dr. Ethan Schram; Using Food as Medicine, by Dr. Saskia Lytle-Vieira; and Doorways to Intimacy and Sexuality after Diagnosis, presented by breast cancer survivor Barbara Musser. Cancer survivors, caregivers, and anyone touched by cancer were invited to attend the series.

A presentation by cancer survivor, Terri Tate, concluded the series. Nineteen years ago, Tate learned she had a 2% chance of survival from disfiguring oral cancer. She is now a performer and storytelling coach teaching survivors the healing power of storytelling and laughter. Attendees were able to experience this first-hand after a briefing on how to easily access their own stories.

“I really enjoyed the personal stories of the cancer survivors,” said attendee Lori Culbertson.  “What a gift for healing,” stated attendee Nazahah Burdette.

The Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center would like to extend a special thanks to our community partner, the Rianda House, for hosting this wonderful event. The Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center at St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley is a resource for complete, personalized, compassionate cancer care.

About St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley: St. Helena Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,700 includes more than 21,000 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,000 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 150 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.