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List of Programs

No matter where you are on your cancer journey, The Cancer Support Center has a program that can help you enhance your life, boost your mood, form new relationships with those who are on their cancer journey, and improve your overall quality of life. Read on to learn about each of our current programs offerings, including dates, times, locations, and links to register for Zoom programs. Participants will see benefits from any singular program, but it is encouraged to combine programs from multiple areas to get the most from your time at The Center. To attend programs in person at our Homewood or Mokena locations, please call 708-798-9171 or email us. To attend programs virtually, click the underlined program name in blue to be redirected to Zoom registration.

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Education & Networking

Recurring Groups

Bereavement Group (Virtual)

The first and third Thursday of the month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Blood Cancer Networking Group (Virtual)

The third Tuesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Brain Tumor Networking Group (Mokena)

The second Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 708-478-3529 to register.  

Breast Cancer Networking Group (Virtual)

The first Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Colorectal Cancers Group (Virtual)

The second Monday of the month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Gynecological Cancer Networking Group (Virtual)

The third Wednesday of each month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Head and Neck Cancers Networking Group

The final Monday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Networking Group (Virtual)

The first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m.

Join us for our new LGBTQ+ networking group! The LGBTQ+ networking group is intended to build intersectional support for LGBTQ+ individuals at any stage of the cancer journey, whether currently in treatment or post-treatment. Networking groups provide opportunities to build community, identify coping strategies, and find new resources.

*For IL residents only. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Cancer Support & Networking Group

Homewood | The last Tuesday of every month |12 to 1 p.m.

Mokena | The 3rd Monday of every month | 2-3 p.m.

*Please call 708-798-9171 to register

Being diagnosed with cancer can be a very isolating experience. Groups are a place where patients can receive support from others who truly get it and learn more about resources and coping skills by networking with others. Unfortunately, there isn’t a group for every type of cancer, so we want to provide a space for all cancer types. While virtual groups are convenient for many, we are happy to offer an in-person option starting this summer!

Lung Cancer Networking Group (Virtual)

The final Wednesday of each month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Men’s Discussion Group (Virtual)

Every Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Networking (Virtual)

The First Wednesday of each month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Multiple Myeloma Group

The last Thursday of each month from 4-5 p.m.

Prostate Cancer Networking Group

The last Thursday of every month from 5 to 6 p.m.

Sistas of Hope (Virtual)

The third Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This peer led group is offered both in person and virtually for African American/Black Women with Breast Cancer. 

Young Adult Breast Cancer Networking Group (Virtual)

The fourth Tuesday of each month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Young Adult Networking Group (Virtual)

The second Tuesday of each month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For those between 18-40 years of age.

Support & networking groups are open to Illinois residents only. 

Special Programs

Lymphedema Presentation

Friday, June 28th | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Virtual

Lymphedema is an ongoing side effect that many women and men experience after some types of cancer treatment. In this presentation we will learn about what lymphedema is, how to prevent it, and how it is treated. Presented by Lauren Mansell, DPT, CLT, PRPC.

Cancer of the Head and Neck: Prevention, New Treatments, and Side Effect Management 

Wednesday, July 17th | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual  

Presenters will review the unique challenges of supporting children and teens when their loved one is facing a life-threatening cancer diagnosis.  You will learn tips on how to prepare for delivering difficult news, what information is important to share, and what support is needed for the child or teen during this time.  You will learn how a child’s developmental stage impacts their reaction and be given information on resources to support them. Professionals are also encouraged to attend.  CEUs available. 

Helping Children Cope with a Loved One’s Life-Threatening Cancer Diagnosis

Tuesday, July 23 | 5-6PM | Virtual

Presenters will review the unique challenges of supporting children and teens when their loved one is facing a life-threatening cancer diagnosis. You will learn tips on preparing for delivering difficult news, what information is important to share, and what support is needed for the child or teen during this time. You will learn how a child’s developmental stage impacts their reaction and be given information on resources to support them. Professionals are also encouraged to attend. Presented by Rachael Lange, CCLS, Child Life Specialist & Patrice V Martin, LCSW, Director of Grief Support at Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care. CEUs available.

The Physics of Radiation Therapy

Monday, August 19th | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual 

In this session, we will discuss how we create, shape, and target radiation beams to treat cancer while minimizing damage to normal tissue.  Presented by Christopher Stepaniak.

Bone Health and Physical Therapy

Friday, August 23rd |10:30-11:30 a.m. | Virtual

In this session we will talk about bone health, the way cancer treatments can impact bone health, and ways physical therapy and other interventions can help. Presented by Lauren Mansell, DPT, CLT, PRPC.

Counseling & Stress Management

Recurring Programs

Art Journaling (Virtual)

Email Kelly to receive a prompt each Thursday in your inbox. 

Art Open Studio - Homewood

Every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Art - Homewood

Every Monday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Art - Mokena

Every Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Knit & Crochet Group - Mokena

Every Wednesday from 2-3:30 p.m. 

Knit & Crochet Group - Homewood 

Every Monday from 12-1 p.m. 

Journeying Inward: Deep Relaxation for Well-Being & Stress Relief (Virtual)

The third Wednesday of each month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Individual, Family, or Couples Counseling* (In-Person or Virtual)

Contact Jason Kieffer for more information. 

*Counseling may only be for residents of Illinois. Please register if you have any questions. 

 

Monday Meditation with Cecily (Virtual)

Every Monday from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Special Programs

Cancer is Full of “SCRAP”

The 2nd Tuesday of the Month | 11-12:30 p.m. | Homewood  

July 9th | August 13th 

Unlock your world of memories by joining us for our scrapbook group! Whether you are a seasoned crafter or a beginner looking to explore your artistic side, this group is designed to inspire and show you how to preserve your cherished memories in a unique and personalized way. Materials needed: Your 4x6 or 5x7 personal photos you would like to craft. Presented by: Darnesha Evans.

Summer Kid’s Camp

Homewood | July 22nd- 26th | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Mokena | July 29th- August 2nd | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Our Summer Kid’s Camp is FREE for any child affected by cancer ages 5-12. These fun-filled weeks will include outdoor team building, creative expression, and so much more! Space is limited; please email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org or call 708-798-9171 or 708-478-3529 to register. 

Afternoon BINGO

Bi-weekly on Thursdays of each month | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Homewood

Bring your lunch, or a snack, and play Bingo! The games will start promptly at 1:45pm and end at 2:30pm. There will be prizes for the winners.

Caregiver Support Group

Virtual | Call for information on dates & times (708) 798-9171

This virtual group holds space for caregivers to connect with one another with the support of a therapist.

Art Themes

June: Painting with Acrylic paints 

July: Joyful Art, we will strive to make art that makes us feel whimsical and happy!

August: Colored Pencil and Pastel Art Making

Fitness & Physical Wellness

Recurring Programs

Chair Yoga with Cecily (Virtual)

Every Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us to participate in this ancient tradition done in the comfort and safety of a chair.

Participants have said, "Yoga has helped me deepen awareness of body, mind, and spirit,” and that this program has helped them find balance in peace in life. Please call 708-798-9171 or 708-478-3529 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Gentle Floor Yoga Nidra with Karen (Hybrid - Mokena OR Virtual)

Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Gentle Yoga with Marcela - (Homewood)

Every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Moves That Matter Personal Training NEW FORMAT

Presenter-Roy Alfonso - (Homewood)

Every Tuesday from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Soundbath (Homewood)

Every Thursday of each month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

This program involves a sound meditation in which you bathe your body in the healing vibrations of various ancient instruments, and raise your consciousness to create a space of peace and well-being, harmony and balance. Please bring a pillow, and blanket and wear loose clothing. Registration is required. For more information please call 708-798-9171.

Tibetan Bowls (Mokena)

Every other Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

This sound meditation creates a space of peace, well-being, harmony, and balance, and brings profound therapeutic benefits. Bring a pillow or blanket and wear loose clothing. 

Call 708-478-3529 to register.

Zumba Toning with Lori (Mokena)

Every Monday from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Zumba Gold with Denise (Homewood) 

Every Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 708-798-9171 to register.

Get Moving Get Fit

Every Monday and Thursday | 4-4:45 p.m. | Mokena

This fun group fitness class will focus on gentle conditioning, flexibility and balance by moving to upbeat music.  Workouts will focus on the whole body and all levels of fitness are welcome. Please call 708.478.3529 to reserve your spot. 

Corrective Exercise to Rebuild, Strengthen & Restore - Presented by Roy Alfonso

Monday, July 22nd | 12:30-1:15 p.m. | Homewood

In a small group setting, Roy will provide individualized attention on which corrective movements can best help reduce pain, increase flexibility, and improve balance. This program will help you learn what exercises can help you move better to control or manage discomfort. No registration necessary. Presentenced by Roy Alfonso, Certified Fitness & Functional (CFS) & Movement Specialist.

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Nutrition Education

Special Programs

Healthy and Homemade with Gwen: Summertime ‘Meal Salads’

July 11th | 10:30-12:00 p.m. | Mokena

Make the most out of your summer by making meal salads.  Turn summer’s bounty of fresh vegetables and herbs into hearty weeknight dinners. Gwen will make us a refreshing chicken cashew crunch salad and a healthy but hearty pasta salad.  Both are refreshing and filling on a hot summer day. 

Superfood Smoothie Clinic: Fresh Juice and Smoothies to Help Heal the Gut and Increase Energy

Homewood | Tuesday, July 16th | 10:30-12 p.m.

Mokena | Wednesday, July 17th | 10:30-12 p.m.

Learn to make blend-at-home smoothies that have great taste, are jam-packed with pre and probiotics, protein, healthy fats and fiber.  Blending your fruits and veggies are the best and quickest ways to reduce inflammation while hydrating your body, drenching your cells in life-giving nutrients and even repairing your DNA. Samples are available.   

Top Ten Toxic Ingredients in Processed Food to Avoid

Tuesday, July 30th | 2-3:15 p.m. | Homewood

Most foods that have been canned, dehydrated, or had chemicals added to it is considered processed and make up about 60 percent of the average American diet. Some of the ingredients commonly found in these foods are harmful. These could include refined grains, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and all the other artificial junk you cannot even pronounce on the ingredient lists. We will review which ingredients to stay clear of for better health. 

Better Digestion During the Summer Heat

Wednesday, July 31st | 12-1:30 p.m. | Mokena

During summer, your body is spending energy to keep your internal temperature down. This diverts energy from other body processes, like digestion. Chris will share digestive strategies that will make all the difference with your digestive wellness.  

The Cancer Fighting Diet: How to Reduce Inflammation this Fall

Homewood | Tuesday, August 6th | 10-11:15 a.m.

Mokena | Wednesday, August 7th | 10-11:15 a.m.

What are the signs of chronic inflammation? 

What are the causes of inflammation and why is it so dangerous? 

Strategies to reduce inflammation, increase energy, and relieve brain fog. 

Meal planning ideas to make cooking weekly meals simple.  

Think Positive, Be Positive! …Eating Healthy Brain Foods Cooking Demo!

Homewood | Tuesday, August 20th | 10:30-12 p.m. 

Mokena | Thursday, August 22nd | 10:30-12 p.m. 

Do you ever associate the foods you eat with brain fog, anxiety, and moodiness? 

Research suggests that what we eat can be associated with how we feel emotionally. Join us as we make healthy ‘brain’ foods taste amazing.  

20 Clever Tips to Eat Healthy When Eating Out

Homewood | Tuesday, August 27th | 10:30-11:45 a.m. 

Mokena | Wednesday, August 28th | 10:30-11:45 a.m. 

Eating out is both fun and sociable. However, studies have linked dining out with overeating and poor food choices. This program will share 20 clever tips to help you eat healthy when eating out and help you stick to your health goals without having to give up your social life. 

Body Image

CSC's Wig Boutique

The Cancer Support Center wig boutique provides high-quality wigs in a wide range of styles, colors, and textures to those undergoing chemo and experiencing hair loss. Contact us via email or by phone at 708-798-9171 or 708-478-3529 to schedule a fitting.

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