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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Off-Site Programs

Special Programs at Silver Cross

Bi-lingual Yoga with Marcela & Tibetan bowls with Leslie

Every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Join us in the 2nd-floor lobby of UCM’s Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross for Bi-lingual Yoga with Marcela, followed by Tibetan Bowls with Leslie, every Wednesday night! This all-level yoga class consists of breathwork, gentle stretches, and seated and standing poses using the chair or wall for assistance and will be followed by Tibetan Bowls, a sound meditation that creates a space of peace, well-being, harmony, and balance that brings profound therapeutic benefits. Bring a pillow or blanket, and wear loose clothing.

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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 final Thursday of the month from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

*Resuming in Sept.* Brain Tumor Networking Group (Homewood)

The second Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 708-798-9171 to register.  

Breast Cancer Networking Group (Virtual)

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

Caregivers Networking Group (Virtual)

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

Colorectal Cancers Group (Virtual)

The second Monday of the month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Gynecological Cancer Networking Group (Virtual)

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

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. 

Metastatic Cancer Networking (Virtual)

The final Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Mother’s Grief Group (Virtual)

The last Thursday of each month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sistas of Hope (Virtual)

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

Young Adult Breast Cancer Networking Group (Virtual)

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

*NEW* Young Adult Cancer Networking Group (Virtual)

The second Tuesday of each month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., starting May 10, 2022.

For those between 18-40 years of age.

Support & networking groups are open to Illinois residents only. 

Special Programs

Coping with Sleep Difficulties (Virtual)

Wednesday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Difficulty sleeping, or insomnia, is a common challenge during and after cancer treatment and can contribute to feeling drained and disengaged from life. Stress and anxiety can make sleep issues even more difficult to manage. This presentation will review practical strategies to help you improve your sleep quality and feel better rested and more refreshed every day. Presented by Yasmin Asvat, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Supportive Oncology, Rush University Medical Center. Please click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Lymphedema 101 (Hybrid - Mokena OR Virtual)

Thursday, August 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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. There will be a special focus on breast cancer and lymphedema but all diagnoses are welcome. Presented by Doctor of Physical Therapy, Lauren Mansell. Please call 708-798-9171 or 708-478-3529 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Bone Health (Virtual)

Thursday, September 15 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Loss of bone density is common as we age; however, certain types of cancer and cancer treatments may lead to bone loss, regardless of your age. Please join us to learn how cancer affects bone health and ways to safely address this issue. Presented by Karyn Holtz, PT, MHS, CLT, RUSH Physical Therapy/ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation. Please click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Counseling & Stress Management

Recurring Programs

Art Journaling (Virtual)

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

Art Open Studio (Hybrid - Homewood OR Virtual)

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

Art (Hybrid - Homewood OR Virtual)

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

Art (Hybrid - Mokena OR Virtual)

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

Guided Imagery (Virtual)

Every Friday from 12 p.m. to 12:45 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 Kathleen Daly 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

Dream Catcher Workshop (Mokena)

Wednesday, July 27 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us to make Dream Catchers at our Mokena location. All materials will be provided. Please call (708) 478-3529 or email mcrosswhite@cancersupportcenter.org to register.

Making Peace with Anxiety Workshop (Mokena)

Wednesday, August 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join Licensed Clinical Social Worker and cancer survivor Sarah Falk for the Making Peace With Anxiety Workshop. With 30 years of personal experience and 20 years of professional work, her presentation shares the best of what she's learned through her journey of healing through both cancer and anxiety. From Sarah’s mind-body-spirit approach you will learn simple mindset shifts, moderate lifestyle adjustments, and powerful spiritual practices that will help you to heal as well. Whether you struggle with anxiety occasionally or on a daily basis, you will learn how you can reduce heightened anxiety, better understand your mind/body reaction to stress, and create spiritual practices that will leave you feeling peaceful. We hope to see you there! Call 708-478-3529 to register.

The Art of Hope & Healing Art Show (Mokena)

Wednesday, August 17 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join us for an evening of Art, Hope, & Healing as we enjoy a show of works created by members of our center and Will Count Community Members. This show is sponsored by a Will County Community Grant. Light refreshments will be provided. Please call 708-478-3529 to register and email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org for information on how to submit your artwork.

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 (Hybrid - Homewood OR Virtual)

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

Moves That Matter (Hybrid - Homewood OR Virtual)

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

Techniques to Reduce Muscle Tightness, Improve Balance & Flexibility (Hybrid - Mokena OR Virtual)

The first Thursday of each month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) is a powerful muscular assessment tool that analyzes and corrects muscular imbalances. Rob Cuttle, Personal Trainer will share core exercises that train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips, and abdomen to work in harmony to better support stability and strength. Call 708-478-3529 to register for this program or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

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 Bowl (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. The class is limited to 7 participants. Call 708-478-3529 to register.

Yoga for Healthy Movement (Mokena)​

Every Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Call 708-478-3529 to register. 

Zumba Gold with Lori (Virtual)

Every Monday from 9 a.m. to 10 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.

Zumba on Demand (Virtual)

Every Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m. the following day. Use code "cscgld" to access class.

 

Special Programs 

*NEW* Zumba Toning® with Lori

Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual

Beginning June 13, every Monday from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

Zumba Toning® offers a new way to tone your muscles in a fun, easy-to-follow Latin-inspired dance cardio class. The workout combines all the music and fun of Zumba with body sculpting exercises that use lightweight sticks, a bit like Maracas. This class is designed for beginner fitness levels or the older active adult. Be sure to wear comfortable workout clothing and bring water. Registration is required for this class as weighted sticks are limited. Call 708-478-3529 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Yoga con Marcela, totalmente en Español

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Thursday, July 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Thursday, August 25 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, September 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

El Cáncer Support Center se enorgullece de presentar clases de yoga gratuita para todos los niveles para hispano-hablantes, esta clase consiste en ejercicios de respiración ( pranayamas), estiramientos suaves, posturas sentadas y de pie usando la silla o la pared como apoyo, relajación y meditación. Visita la fundación y conoce a nuestra instructora, Marcela Puga tomando este curso enfocado al alineamiento y biomecánica del cuerpo, en donde aprenderás a evitar el dolor y lesiones; diseñado para reducir el estrés y los efectos secundarios del cáncer. Este curso será totalmente en Español y diseñado especialmente para ti. Llama al (708) 798-9171 para registrarte.

Movements to Manage Neck & Shoulder Pain

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Monday, July 18 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn some of the mechanics that cause neck and shoulder pain and how to avoid or manage it. This interactive workshop is not for those currently being treated for neck and shoulder pain or if you’ve had cervical fusion or shoulder replacement. You’ll need a chair without wheels and to be near a wall. This program is 50 minutes long and will be limited to 4 people. Please call 708-798-9171 to register in person or click the title above to register on Zoom.

Movements to Manage Back & Hip Pain

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Monday, August 15 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Most of us will have back pain at some point in our lives. Learn some of the mechanics that cause back pain and how to avoid having pain. This interactive workshop is not for those being treated for back pain or if you've had a spinal fusion. This program is 50 minutes long and will be limited to 4 people. Please call 708-798-9171 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Movements to Manage Knee & Leg Pain

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Monday, September 19 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a small class in which participants will receive personalized movements to help with knee and leg pain. The instructor will give each individual specific movements based on their presenting issues. Registration is required and space is limited. Facilitated by Roy Alfonso, Fitness & Medical Exercise Specialist. Please call 708-798-9171 to register in person or click the title above to register on Zoom.

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Nutrition Education

Special Programs

Managing Stress & Anxiety Through Diet & Lifestyle: Healthy Snacks Served

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Thursday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Stress can affect your body, your thoughts, and feelings and, left unchecked, can contribute to many health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Learn to recognize common stress symptoms and learn simple strategies that can help you better manage stress, and feel calmer and more relaxed. Please call 708-798-9171 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Healthy Living 4-Week Nutrition & Wellness Program

Hybrid - Homewood Or Virtual

Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., starting July 7

Are you ready to make healthy lifestyle changes and set new nutrition goals for yourself? We would love to have you join our newest program; Healthy Living! Healthy Living is a 4-week small group program that can be attended virtually or in person. You will receive current nutrition information, goal-setting strategies, and small group support. Together we can learn how to make our diets healthier. Facilitated by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator. Call 708-798-9171 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Clean Living: Cleaning with Essential Oils & Chemical-Free Products

Hybrid - Mokena Or Virtual

Wednesday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We use products every day on our bodies and in our homes that contain ingredients that are harmful. Explore the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) ‘Guide to Healthy Cleaning” and review all of the wonderful benefits when using essential oils in your home. Presented by Chris Rosandich, Nutrition Educator, MS, and Jayne Hayes, Reiki Master and Sound Healing Practitioner. Call 708-478-3529 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

10 Diet & Lifestyle Strategies to Eat Well During the Summer, Lose Weight, & Increase Energy

Hybrid - Mokena Or Virtual

Wednesday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The summer months are a perfect time to get outdoors and be active. This can help increase energy and help you take off a few excess pounds. Eating well in combination with exercise is the perfect plan to feel better. Learn essential tips and strategies to maintain your desired weight and keep it off. Call 708-478-3529 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Simple Cooking by Enhancing Foods with Summertime Herbs

Hybrid - Homewood Or Virtual

Thursday, July 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. 

Herbs are an inexpensive way to add flavor. They are known for their antibacterial and antiviral properties and contain disease-fighting antioxidants. Learn how to use common spices –basil, dill, and mint - and become a flavor expert in your own kitchen. Call 708-798-9171 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Cooking for 1 or 2: Healthy Summertime Dishes

Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual

Wednesday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

It's possible to eat fresh, home-cooked meals, even if you live alone or with one other person. Join Chris as she shares tips, tricks, and recipes to make cooking fun, easy, and healthy. Please call 708-478-3529 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Eating Well After a Cancer Diagnosis: 10 Ways to Combat Fatigue & Regain Energy

Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual

Wednesday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

This program will empower you, step-by-step, to make lifelong changes towards feeling better. Learn how to combat fatigue and get your energy back by following simple daily strategies. Please call 708-478-3529 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Exploring Essential Oils

Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual

Wednesday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant from which they were derived. The uses vary from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, insect repellent, and natural remedies for physical discomfort and well-being. Learn creative ways to introduce essential oils into your daily life to help live a toxic-free life. Please call 708-478-3529 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Eating Healthy on a Budget This Summer

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Thursday, August 18 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

With food costs increasing, having a plan ahead of time will help you save money. We will strategize cost-effective ways to eat healthy during the summer that won’t keep you tied down in the kitchen. Please call 708-798-9171 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

 

Amazing Summertime Beverages: Low in Sugar & Calories

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Thursday, August 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Summertime is when we reach for a tall, fresh drink that helps us cool down from the heat. But did you know the majority of sugar we consume comes from beverages? Join us as we try fresh, new beverages that have less sugar and fewer calories that taste amazing. Please call 708-798-9171 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Healthy Lifestyle 8-Week Nutrition & Fitness Program

Hybrid - Mokena Or Virtual

Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

FALL SESSION Starts Tuesday, September 6!

Healthy Lifestyle is an 8-week program designed to help support, empower and challenge you towards achieving your goals. Each week, you will meet online or in person for one hour with a nutrition educator and a fitness instructor. This is the perfect time to focus on a healthier you! Facilitated by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator, and Rob Cuttle, Personal Trainer. Call 708-478-3529 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Cooking for 1 or 2: Tips & Tricks for Easy Cooking

Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual

Wednesday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

It's possible to eat fresh, home-cooked meals, even if you live alone or with one other person. Join Chris as she shares tips, tricks, and recipes to make cooking fun, easy, and healthy. Please call 708-478-3529 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

15 Superfoods to Keep Your Body & Mind Strong

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Thursday, September 15 from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.

We have all heard how ‘superfoods’, packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help us improve our health. But which foods can help keep the mind sharp and boost memory? Discover the top 15 superfoods that can help support both the brain and body. Please call 708-798-9171 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Cooking with Chef Marcia

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Tuesday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Join Chef Marcia as she teaches us how to cook with a variety of herbs, spices, and amazing ingredients to create wonderful meals. Presented by Culinary Chef Marcia Kuchta. Please call 708-798-9171 to register in person or click the program title above to register on Zoom.

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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.