EDUCATIONAL/SELF-HELP

Breastfeeding mothers group discussion, led by an experienced maternal-infant nurse/lactation consultant. Weekly prize drawing, free parking, baby weight check, refreshments and resource information, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, seventh-floor dayroom, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church area. $5 a session. 703-776-6455.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a weight-loss support group with weekly weigh-ins and educational programs, 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, Bruen Chapel Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax. $20 a year, plus $5 a month; first meeting is free. 703-205-9041 or www.tops.org.

Gay people and families support group, parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays discuss issues around coming out, 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Little River United Church of Christ, 8410 Little River Tpk., Annandale. Free. 301-439-3524.

Back-to-school conference for children with cancer, practical suggestions for parents, teachers, school nurses and guidance counselors on smoothing the transition of a child returning to school after cancer treatment. Sponsored by the National Capital Area Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the conference will be 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Falls Church area. Free; registration required. For information, contact Mandi Pratt-Chapman at pratt-chapmanm@lls.org, or register online at www.lls.org/ncabacktoschoolconference2005.

Caregiver seminar on medication use and abuse, learn about the use, abuse and side effects of medications with various conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, heart disease and arthritis; presented by pharmacist Juliette Taylor-Toure and sponsored by the Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Lewinsville Adult Day Health Care Center, 1609 Great Falls St., McLean. Free; registration required. 703-324-5205.

Cancer prevention and survival cooking course, offered by the Cancer Project, a four-session cooking course designed to help people prevent and survive cancer through proper nutrition. The course is 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 11, Dec. 8 and Jan. 19, McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Vienna. Free; registration required. 202-244-5038 or www.cancerproject.org.

All About Wigs, wig specialist Laura Waites discusses what to look for, the kinds of questions to ask wig retailers, how to choose a wig that looks and feels right to you and how to care for and style your wig. A variety of alternative-hair products will be available for demonstration, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Free; registration required. 703-776-2841.

"Seminar for Survivors: Reducing Fears of Recurrence and Expanding the Joy in our Lives," by Linda Seligman, George Mason University professor emeritus, author, psychologist, counselor and breast cancer survivor, 7:15-8:45 p.m. next Thursday, Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Free; registration required by Oct. 17. 703-776-2841.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Obsessive compulsive-disorder support group, a free group for those with diagnoses of OCD, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. 703-535-6575.

The following free groups for adults with diagnosed seizure disorders and caregivers are sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region. 703-425-6660.

* Reston epilepsy group, 7-8:30 p.m., the second and fourth Friday of each month, Herndon High School, Entrance 8, Room 123, 700 Bennett St., Herndon.

* Northern Virginia epilepsy group, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Tr., Falls Church.

The following free groups are held at Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. 703-776-2841.

* CanSurvive, a patient-led general cancer support group, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays.

* Carcinoid cancer group, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

* Leukemia group, 7-9 p.m. tonight.

* Lung cancer group, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday.

* Multiple myeloma group, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Lymphedema support group, for those with primary or secondary lymphedema, 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Health Education Center, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Registration required. 703-776-2841.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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