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 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 (Homewood)

Call 708-798-9171 to register. 

The second Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.                                             

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 (Hybrid - Homewood or 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 8 p.m.

Young Adult Breast Cancer Networking Group (Virtual)

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

Counseling & Stress Management

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 Therapy: Alcohol Inks (Hybrid/Homewood or Virtual)

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

Art Therapy: Alcohol Inks (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, and Couples counseling

In-person or virtually. Contact Kathleen Daly for more information.

 

Monday Meditation with Cecily (Virtual)

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

Sound Bath (Homewood)

Call 708-798-9171 to register. 

In Homewood every Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

*NEW* Tibetan Bowl (Mokena)

Every three weeks, starting on Tuesday, October 5 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

This sound meditation creates a space of peace, well-being, harmony, balance, and brings profound therapeutic benefits. Bring a pillow or blanket, and wear loose clothing. Class is limited to 7 participants. Call 708-478-3529 to register.

Fitness & Physical Wellness

Chair Yoga with Cecily (Virtual)

Starting October 18, every Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Yoga is a body-mind-breath practice that promotes healing and well-being, and improves strength, flexibility, and balance in your body and in your life. Join us to participate in this ancient tradition done in the comfort and safety of a chair in its new time slot on Mondays at 12 p.m., starting on October 18. 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. Meditation will follow in its usual timeslot at 1 p.m.; you do not have to attend yoga to participate in meditation.

Gentle Floor Yoga Nidra with Karen (Hybrid/Mokena or Virtual)

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

Moves That Matter (Hybrid/Homewood or Virtual)

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

Yoga for Healthy Movement (Homewood)

Call 708-798-9171 to register. 

Every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Yoga for Healthy Movement (Mokena)

Call 708-478-3529 to register. 

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

Zumba Gold with Lori (Virtual)

Every Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Zumba Gold with Lori (Homewood) 

Call 708-798-9171 to register. 

Every Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Zumba on Demand (Virtual)

Use code "cscgold" to access each class. 

Every Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Nutrition Education & Special Programs

Cultivating Self-Compassion 

Virtual

Thursdays through November 4 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

This 6-week series will use a mix of guided meditation, journaling, reflective art-making, and discussion to foster self-compassion and kindness. Click the program title above to register on Zoom. 

Cooking with Chef Marcia: Fall Favorites
Hybrid/Homewood or Virtual
Tuesday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Let’s cook together! Marcia will present how to safely make and serve fabulous appetizers for 10 people or less. We’ll email you the recipes; gather your ingredients and let’s get cooking. Join in or sit back and watch. Either way, it will be fun! To register, call 708-798-9171 for in-person registration in Homewood. Click the program title above to register on Zoom. 

Healthy Lifestyle Program: Nutrition & Fitness

Hybrid/Mokena or Virtual

Starting Tuesday, October 12 and held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. thru Wednesday, December 1

Healthy Lifestyle is an 8-week program designed to help support, empower and challenge you towards achieving your goals. Each week you will meet either online or in-person for one hour with a nutrition educator and one hour with a fitness instructor. 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! Facilitated by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator, and Rob Cuttle, Personal Trainer. 

 

Coping with Sleep Difficulties
Virtual
Friday, October 15 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Difficulty sleeping, or insomnia, is a common challenge during and after cancer treatment and can make you feel drained and disengaged from life. Yasmin Asvat, PhD., Assistant Professor, Supportive Oncology, Rush University Medical Center, will share strategies to improve your sleep quality, helping you feel better-rested and more refreshed every day. Click the program title above to register on Zoom. 

Jewelry-Making Workshop: Chakras

Homewood 

Tuesday, October 19 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join local Art Therapist Emalee Kay to create jewelry using crystals, focusing on chakras and the intentions of each participant’s current needs. Call 708-798-9171 to register.

 

Easy Cooking for One or Two: Healthy Sauces
Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual
Wednesday, October 20 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. Chris will share tips, tricks, and recipes to make cooking fun, easy, and healthy. Call 708-478-3529 for in-person registration. Click the program title above to register on Zoom.

 

Heart Health After a Cancer Diagnosis

Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual
Thursday, October 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Let’s explore specific ways to keep our hearts healthy through diet and lifestyle choices. Call 708-478-3529 for in-person registration. Click the program title above to register on Zoom.

 

Evening Sound Bath

Homewood
Wednesday, October 27 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join us for an hour of healing reconnection and reap the therapeutic benefits of this evening edition of our popular sound meditation. Class is limited to 7 participants. Call 708-798-9171 to register.

 

Foods that Boost Immunity & Help Fight Cold & Flu

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual
Thursday, October 28 from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Does what we eat directly impact the duration of a cold? You’ve probably heard, “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” Since this is cold and flu season, let’s explore which foods may help ease the severity of a cold and shorten its duration and which foods work against recovery. Call 708-798-9171 to register or click the program title to register on Zoom.

Healthy Habits 2022: Build Good Habits & Break Old Ones

Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual

Wednesdays, November 3 & 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The new year is a great time for fresh starts! Maybe that's eating healthier, drinking more water, cutting back on sugar, or losing 10 lbs. that crept up during the holidays. James Clear states in his book "Atomic Habits," that setting small, achievable goals is important, but creating successful systems is key. Let’s explore systems for you to have a successful 2022. Call 708-478-3529 for in-person registration. Click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Cooking with Chef Marcia: Thanksgiving for 1 or 2

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Tuesday, November 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Let’s cook together! Learn to make simple one-pot dishes perfect for the winter months; stews, casseroles, and that American favorite...pot pie. We email the recipes; you gather ingredients and let’s get cooking. Join in or just sit back and watch. Either way, it will be fun! Call 708-798-9171 to register or click the program title to register on Zoom.

Fresh Juice & Smoothies to Heal the Gut
Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual
Thursday, November 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Certain smoothies and juices can provide you with beneficial enzymes, B-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics to help alkalize the body and heal the gut. This demonstration will share the benefits of how to help and heal. Call 708-798-9171 to register or click the program title to register on Zoom.

 

Important Things to Know if You're 65 or Older & Facing Lung Cancer

Virtual

Friday, November 12 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Various factors contribute to decisions oncologists make. Join Dr. James Wallace as he discusses how age can impact a lung cancer diagnosis. Click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Easy Cooking for One or Two: Fall Soups
Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual
Wednesday, November 17 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. Chris shares tips, tricks, and recipes to make cooking fun, easy and healthy. Call 708-478-3529 for in-person registration. Click the program title above to register on Zoom.

 

Best Essential Oils for Colds, Flu, & Beyond
Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual
Thursday, November 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Many essential oils have healing properties and can help reduce the duration of a cold. Join us as we uncover the benefits of using essential oils. Call 708-478-3529 for in-person registration. Click the program title above to register on Zoom.

 

Art Show: Beyond Words
Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Thursday, November 18 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Join us for an evening of light appetizers and special viewing of our participants' use of art as personal expression, when words are not enough. Call 708-798-9171 for more information.

 

The Path to Self Love
Virtual
Friday, November 19 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Most of us are works in progress when it comes to self-love. To make the impact we want in the world, we need to start by putting the oxygen mask on us first. In this presentation, Audrey will cover seven research-validated ways to cultivate self-love and reduce stress. You will leave with practical tools for you to implement, allowing you to maximize your potential and lead a life of purpose. Click the program title above to register on Zoom.


Grieving Through the Holidays
Virtual
Monday, December 6 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Grieving is difficult, regardless of the time of year. However, it can be especially difficult during the holidays, which are traditionally thought of as a time of gratitude and togetherness. The holidays can intensify grief and leave us not wanting to celebrate. Learn meaningful ways to mourn and adjust traditions. Click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Cooking with Chef Marcia: Holiday Appetizers

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Tuesday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Let’s cook together! Marcia will present how to make and serve delicious holiday appetizers for 10 people or less. We’ll email you the recipes; gather your ingredients and let’s get cooking. Either join in or just sit back and watch. Either way, it will be fun! Call 708-798-9171 to register or click the program title to register on Zoom.


10 Diet & Lifestyle Strategies to Lose Weight in the New Year
Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual
Wednesday, December 8 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The winter months are difficult to get outdoors and be active, leading to unwanted weight gain. Learn essential tips and strategies to maintain your desired weight and keep it off. Call 708-798-9171 to register or click the program title to register on Zoom.


Easy Cooking for One or Two: Holiday Treats

Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual
Wednesday, December 15 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. Chris will share tips, tricks, and recipes to make cooking fun, easy, and healthy. Call 708-478-3529 for in-person registration. Click the program title above to register on Zoom.

Body Image Programs

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 to schedule a fitting.