The Cancer Support Center is your resource
for accurate and current information. Our free programs
provide strategies that help you gain a sense of hope and
control. Since 1994, we have served more than 20,000 people
who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families and
friends. We can help you.
programs are facilitated by experienced clinical professionals,
and our services always are free of charge to anyone
affected by cancer: the person with cancer, loved ones,
friends and bereaved of all ages.
When you and your family are faced with
a diagnosis of cancer, it can feel as though your world
has turned upside down. Chances are you feel overwhelmed
with information, decisions and emotions; you are not alone.
Each year more than one million Americans are diagnosed
with cancer and encounter feelings of fear, sadness and
loss of control. The Cancer Support Center is here to help;
we strive to improve your quality of life.
For your convenience, our free programs
are now offered at our Homewood and Mokena locations. Please
call for more information (708) 798-9171 or click
here to see the quarterly calendar.
the First Steps Take a deep breath. Cancer is a big challenge, but
resources are available to help you live better during and
after the experience. Simply pick up the phone and call
us at (708) 798-9171 for Homewood, or (708) 478-3529 for
Better yet, just come in. We’re
in downtown Homewood, Ill., just off Dixie Highway, near
the library and fire station, and we're in Mokena, just
southwest of 191st Street & LaGrange Road. We’re
here to help you find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
associated with a cancer diagnosis.
You’ll have the opportunity to join
a support group or participate in Wellness Classes or attend
special programs and lectures. We offer many support groups
at various times during the day and evening. Groups are
available for all ages of cancer patients and their loved
ones. Please note that groups are not printed on the monthly
calendar since they are not designed for drop-ins. More
information is below.
overview of Groups
Led by professional counselors, support groups help patients
and their loved ones “take back” control of
their life by exploring the emotional impact of cancer.
Through guided and open discussions, groups explore the
best ways for each person to handle the stress a cancer
diagnosis brings. Each group focuses on improving the quality
of life of every group member; in the process, a healing
community is created.
Patient and Caregiver Support
Support groups meet at various times throughout the week.
Participants in these weekly groups have different types
of cancer, as opposed to the Networking Groups (see below),
where groups are cancer-specific. Mixed support groups are
designed to help participants of all stages of a cancer
experience cope with their diagnosis and treatment. These
groups meet weekly for 12 weeks.
Networking groups meet on a monthly basis and provide a
time for sharing information and experiences about a specific
type of cancer. Drop-ins are welcome. Check the calendar
for networking group meetings. We have networking groups
for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, lymphoma,
Multiple Myeloma, and a young adults of mixed diagnoses.
Caregiver, Family & Friends
Caregivers, Family & Friends, we know you have a lot
on your mind, too. As cancer affects everyone in a family
or organization, services are provided for the patient’s
support network, as well. Caregivers find solace at the
Center through the Caregivers Support Group, lectures, relaxation
and education programs, and the resource center. Anyone
affected by cancer is welcome at the Cancer Support Center.
Off-site programs are available for colleagues of a cancer
patient or in other organization where a cancer diagnosis
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, cancer takes the life
of someone we love. When someone passes away after a cancer
illness, loved ones may want to talk with others who have
gone through similar experiences. Bereavement programs are
available for adults, teens and children. Please call the
Center for more information at (708) 798-9171.
Events for the Whole Family
Just for Fun events are special events and activities held
at the Center for family fun. These events are open to all
participants and their caregivers, families and friends.
Recent examples of Just for Fun events include a movie night,
holiday cookie bake, a magic show and kite making. Check
the quarterly calendar
for upcoming Just for Fun events.
Couple or Family Counseling
Counseling often can help during particularly stressful
times and is available for families, couples, children or
adolescents to address cancer-related concerns. Our counselors
work with participants to find healthy ways to share information,
improve communication, manage stress, handle school or work
problems and resolve conflict. Counseling sessions are set
up at convenient times; please call (708) 798-9171 for an
The Cancer Support Center seeks to help people affected
by cancer and their loved ones in a variety of ways. Throughout
the year, several social programs are offered for participants
to come to the Center and enjoy the activity. Previous social
activities have included a Thanksgiving dinner, “An
Evening Together,” sponsored by the Women’s
Board and a children’s carnival, just to name a few.
Check the calendar for information about upcoming events
or call (708) 798-9171 to ask for future events.
Consultations, Seminars and Workshops
Our professional counselors are available for consultation
to schools and other organizations. Programs will be tailored
to the audience. Pediatric programs also are available to
professionals who encounter children who have a family member
with cancer. Examples of such programs include “Kids
in the Classroom … Cancer in the Family,” for
education professionals and “Cancer in the Workplace”
for business professionals. Please call (708) 798-9171 for
upcoming topics and workshop dates.
Mindfulness Meditation helps you to use attention to your
breath to calm your mind. It also can help you to attend
to and care for your body and yourself as you cope, or care
for someone, with cancer. Join us as we practice this ancient
but practical art for living. Drop-ins welcome.
and Qi Gong
Come experience the mind-body connection. Yoga and Qi Gong
provide gentle, light movement for balance, relaxation,
physical and mental harmony. Come to these weekly sessions
to feel the energizing and healing effects of mild physical
activity. Drop-ins welcome.
and Healing Touch
These fully clothed, hands-on practices are designed to
clear, align and balance the human energy system. Often,
these are used for general well-being, stress management
and pain control. Each session is 30 to 40 minutes. Call
(708) 798-9171 for an appointment.
Start your week off right! Every other Monday brings a new
program to each site related to spirituality, relaxation,
nutrition, physical activity or mindfulness. Check this
quarter’s calendar for
upcoming programs. Please call (708) 798-9171 to register.
Join this special class on Wednesdays as yoga movements
are shown to ease stress and discomfort caused by the cancer
experience. Space is limited, so please call Lisa at (708)
Every Friday, a group of cancer survivors and their friends
and loved ones, joins for a 90-minute crocheting circle.
Come relax and enjoy conversation while you create. Materials
provided. For more information, please call (708) 798-9171.