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

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 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.

(NEW!) 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 6 to 7 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.

(NEW!) Lunchtime Support and Networking Group

Homewood

The last Tuesday of every month, 12 to 1 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. 

Mother’s Grief Group (Virtual)

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

(NEW!) Prostate Cancer Networking Group

*Starting in September: 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.

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

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: What is it and How it can help YOU

Virtual

Friday, October 13th | 11-12 p.m.

Join Doctor of Physical Therapy and certified Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist, Lauren Mansell to learn about Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Cancer survivorship, what it is, and what you can do to help.

Prostate Cancer 101

Tuesday, October 10th | 10 a.m. | Virtual

Prostate cancer is very common among men and if caught early is considered to be very treatable. Deciding which treatment option is best can be difficult, and side effects from treatment can negatively impact quality of life, sometimes leading to regret. Dr. Chavin will discuss primary treatment options, common side effects as well as suggestions for management of side effects. Facilitated by Grant Chavin, MD.

Middle Eastern Women’s Support Workshop

Mondays | October 30th, November 6th, 13th, 20th | 11-12 p.m.

The Middle Eastern Women's Support Workshop is a 4-week workshop for women of Arab background who are impacted by cancer. This women's group will help participants support each other and alleviate the ways that cancer affects them by connecting their culture and similar backgrounds in a way that best benefits them and their circumstances. With the resources available at the Cancer Support Center, we will connect as a group together in a way that fits you best. This program is for patients, but translators are welcome.

Navigating Oncology Resources

Tuesday, October 24th | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual

Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. There is support and resources out there, but how does one go about finding them? Many newly diagnosed patients inquire about our services because they “don’t know what they don’t know”. Join us to learn more about resources that include mental emotional support in addition to logistical support for things like career issues. Facilitated by Jason Kieffer, LCPC.

Grieving Through the Holidays

Tuesday, November 14th | 5-6 p.m. | Homewood & Hybrid

Join us for an evening of learning, discussion and fellowship as we explore grief during the holiday season. The evening will focus on ways to create a special place for yourself and your grief amid the activity and celebration of the season. This program is open to any loss, not just cancer. Facilitated by Jason Kieffer, LCPC. Call (708) 798-9171 to register.

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.

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

Afternoon BINGO

First and Third Wednesday of each month | 12-1p.m. | Homewood

Bring your lunch, or a snack, and play Bingo! The games will start promptly at 12:15pm and end at 1pm. There will be prizes for the winners.

Affirmation Banner Workshop

Wednesday, October 11th | 11:30-1 p.m. | Homewood

Affirmation banners are visual art pieces which remind us of the power of positivity and hope. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we would like to create art in honor of those affected by Breast Cancer. In our Affirmation Banner Workshop, we will create a banner with uplifting words to encourage positivity and display love. We welcome you to share your Affirmation Banners at our Pink-a-boo Walk to spread the joy of your affirming messages with others. This workshop will be facilitated by Art Therapist Milo. All materials will be provided. Please call 708-798-9171 or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org to register.

Crafting for Caregivers

Every Wednesday from October 11th - November 15th | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual

This 6-week virtual group holds space for caregivers to connect with one another with the support of an art therapist. Members are invited to work on their own craft projects, and we can provide craft kits upon request. Participants do not need to attend all 6 weeks and can join as they are able.

Kids Group with Parent Meet up

October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, November 7th, & 14th | 4-5 p.m. | Mokena

Join us for our 6-week group for children aged 5-12 impacted by cancer. This group will provide a space to support children impacted by cancer by utilizing structured topics and art therapy to process their cancer related issues in an expressive and age-appropriate manner. The groups aim to educate and create connections between children to decrease feelings of isolation, frustration, and fear of the unknown frequently associated with a cancer diagnosis. *Parents and Guardians are invited to Enjoy light refreshments and networking with one another in a separate space while the kids meet.

Kids Halloween Art Workshop & Parent Meet up

Monday, October 23rd | 4-5 p.m. | Homewood

This is a fun and social opportunity for kids to make festive art and play with their peers. We invite you to wear Halloween costumes! Snacks will be served, and all art materials will be provided. Parents and guardians are invited to join their peers to talk, network or chat while the kids make art and play. Please call 708-798-9171 or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org to register.

Gratitude Jar Workshop

Wednesday, November 8th | 12-2 p.m. | Mokena

November is a beautiful time to reflect on the things which we are grateful for. A gratitude jar is a tangible representation of our moments of gratitude and joy. It is a reminder of the challenges we have overcome and the love we have felt. Join us in community as we create uniquely decorated jars to fill with our notes of gratitude. We look forward to connecting & creating together. This workshop will be facilitated by Art Therapist Milo. All materials will be provided. Please call 708-798-9171 or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org to register.

Giving Tuesday Art Show

Tuesday, November 28th | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Mokena

Join us for an evening of Art and celebration as we enjoy a show of works created by members of our center and celebrate Giving Tuesday. Light refreshments will be provided. Please call 708-478-3529 or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org for information on how to submit your artwork.

Art Themes 

September: Collage

October: Fall themed art and craft making

November: Abstract Art

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.

Yoga Relax and Restore with Marcela; Chair/Floor (Mokena)

Every Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call 708-478-3529 to register. 

Zumba Toning with Lori (Virtual)

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.

 

Special Programs 

‘Corrective Movements’ to Reduce Pain Presenter- Roy Alfonso

Homewood

Monday, September 18th from 2-3 p.m.

In a small group setting, Roy works with each person individually, instructing on which ‘corrective movements’ can help reduce pain and increase flexibility and balance. This program is an excellent opportunity to learn what exercises can help ease chronic pain. Walk-ins are welcome. No registration is necessary.

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Nutrition Education

Special Programs

Healthy Lifestyle Program—NEW FORMAT!

Wednesday | 7-week program; online or in Mokena | Nutrition & Fitness

Nutrition with Chris, 12-12:30 p.m.

Fitness with Amanda, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

September 20th, 27th, October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Nov. 1st

Healthy Lifestyle is a 7-week program designed to help support, empower, and challenge you toward achieving your goals. You will meet online or in-person each week with a nutrition educator (30 minutes) and one hour with a fitness instructor (following nutrition). By committing yourself weekly to this program, you will be encouraged through instruction and group support to create healthy habits and strive towards optimal health. You will learn advanced nutrition information and fitness methods to teach you safe and effective ways to improve your health and vitality. This is the perfect time to focus on a healthier you! Facilitated by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator, and Amanda McLaughlin, Personal Trainer.

Top Supplements for Optimal Health

Mokena

Wednesday, September 27th from 2-3 p.m.

Kris Geigner, Owner of Health Nutz Natural Foods in Mokena and a 27-year industry veteran, will share her knowledge with us. Kris will discuss choosing quality natural supplements to enhance your health and support your body during treatment and share which supplements can support immune health, inflammation, pain management, and better digestive health.

Q & A session at the end of the presentation to answer any questions.

Healthy & Homemade with Gwen Giampaolo: One Pot Skillet Dish & Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

Wednesday, October 11th | 10-11:30 a.m. | Mokena

Cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be difficult, it can be easy, nutritious and delicious all at the same time! We will prepare a pasta dish that is make completely in one skillet and treat ourselves to some delish pumpkin treats! Samples available to try. Presented by Gwen Giampaolo.

Clean Living; Chemical-Free Living in our Home

Wednesday, October 25th |10:30-12 p.m.| Mokena

We use products every day on our bodies and in our homes that contain ingredients that are harmful. We will explore the environmental working group’s (EWG) “guide to healthy cleaning” for healthier alternatives and review the wonderful benefits of using essential oils in your home. Free take-away gift for everyone. Presented by Chris Rosandich, Nutrition Educator, MS and Jayne Hayes, Reiki Master and Sound Healing Practitioner.

Cooking with Chef Marcia; Soup for the Soul

Tuesday, October 24th | 10:30-12 p.m. | Homewood

Soup is good for the soul! Not only does soup make your taste buds sing, but also provides a nice warmth inside which calm us down, helping us to feel fulfilled. Chef Marcia is a master at making soup and will demonstrate how to make amazing soups like Mexican Black Bean Vegetable and Healthy Cream of Mushroom with a mushroom spinach quesadilla as a side. Samples available to try. Presented by Culinary Chef Marcia Kuchta.

Healthy Lifestyle Program—NEW PROGRAM IN HOMEWOOD

Homewood, 6-week program; online or in-person

Nutrition & Fitness Both on THURSDAYS!

Nutrition with Chris, 2:30-3:10 p.m.

Fitness with Roy, 3:15-4 p.m.

Thursdays, October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16

Healthy Lifestyle is 6-week program designed to help support, empower and challenge you towards achieving your goals. Each week you will meet either online or in-person with a nutrition educator (for 40 minutes) and 45 minutes with a fitness instructor (following nutrition). By committing yourself weekly to this program, you will be encouraged through instruction and group support to create healthy habits and strive towards optimal health. You will learn advanced nutrition information and fitness methods that are designed to teach you safe and effective ways to improve your health and vitality. This is the perfect time to focus on a healthier you! Presented by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator and Roy Alfonso, (CFS) Certified Fitness & Functional Movement Specialist and Medical Exercise Specialist.

WELLNESS 4 YOU WORKSHOP; How to Find Inner Peace & Happiness | SATURDAY PROGRAM

Saturday, November 11th | 10-12 p.m. | Mokena

Are you looking for ways to center yourself, reduce daily anxiety and find more inner peace and joy? Please join us as we uncover simple but full-proof methods to find inner contentment with yourself and others. We will explore the importance of sleep patterns, daily intentions and healing foods that increase serotonin, reduce cortisol levels and minimize nutrient deficiencies to support emotional and physical balance. Breakfast will be available and there will be a take-home gift for all. Presented by Jayne Hayes and Chris Rosandich.

Cooking with Chef Marcia; Under-The-Sea Meals for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 21st | 10:30-12 p.m. | Homewood

Seafood can easily take center stage for Thanksgiving and since fish and shellfish, like salmon and shrimp, are particularly high in protein plus vitamins and minerals, like vitamin B12, selenium, and zinc, it is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal. Chef Marcia will demonstrate just how amazing seafood can taste. Sample will be available. Presented by Culinary Chef Marcia Kuchta.

Fun with Chef Lesley Shworles: Sweet & Spicy Nuts That Make Great Holiday Gifts

Tuesday, November 14th | 9:30-11 a.m. | Mokena

You can’t go wrong with gifting homemade spiced nuts — a welcome, healthy alternative to all those holiday baked goods and the gift everyone is happy to receive. Chef Lesley will show us how to make and package party nuts that are completely irresistible and chock full of healthy fats and protein! Join us for some fun and one take-home holiday gift. Presented by Chef Lesley Shworles.

 

Healthy and Homemade with Gwen; Charcuterie Board with fig jam, sourdough toast & marinated beans

Wednesday, Nov. 15th | 10-11:30 a.m. | Mokena

Holiday entertaining doesn't have to be difficult. We will explore how to make a healthy bean salad perfect for yourself or sharing and make a homemade savory jam with multiple uses. We will explore how to arrange an appetizing charcuterie board to treat yourself and/or guests! Samples available to try. Presented by Gwen Giampaolo.

Clean Living; Chemical-Free Living in our Homes

Wednesday, November 29, 11:30-1 p.m. | Homewood

We use products every day on our bodies and in our homes that contain ingredients that are harmful. We will explore the environmental working group’s (EWG) “guide to healthy cleaning” for healthier alternatives and also review the wonderful benefits of using essential oils in your home. Free take-away gift for everyone. Presented by Chris Rosandich, Nutrition Educator, MS and Jayne Hayes, Reiki Master and Sound Healing Practitioner.

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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.

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