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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 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!) 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. 

Mother’s Grief Group (Virtual)

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

(NEW!) 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

Pelvic Floor PT, Basics and Q&A

Friday, February 23rd | 11-12 p.m. | Virtual

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. Bring your questions!

Navigating Relationships for Young Adult Survivors (18-40ish)

Wednesday, February 28th | 5-6 p.m. | Virtual

From the cringe comments made by acquaintances to the friendships that grow stronger, living with cancer impacts all relationships, for better or worse. Join us as we discuss navigating boundaries, interactions with acquaintances, and developing thriving relationships while living with cancer as a young adult.

Coping with Sleep Difficulties

Thursday, March 13th | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual

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, PhD, Assistant Professor, Supportive Oncology, Rush University.

Your Secret Weapon Against Cancer...EXERCISE

Monday, March 18th | 2-3 p.m. | Virtual

Staying as active as you can during and after cancer treatment is key to optimizing your ability to do what matters. Join ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Therapist Karyn Holtz as she discusses why following a routine exercise plan can help manage any late and lasting effects of cancer treatment and help you live longer with a better quality of life. This program will include a discussion about general exercise guidelines for oncology patients as well tips on how to start and maintain a physical activity routine. Facilitated by Karyn Holtz, PT MHS CLT. 

How to Function When You Can’t Feel: Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy

Thursday, May 16th | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Virtual

Join ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Center Manager Karyn Holtz as she discusses the importance of neuropathy issues following and during cancer treatment. In this session of the Living Well Beyond Cancer series, Karyn walks you through:What you need to know about CIPN, the common symptoms of CIPN you can look out for, how cancer rehab can help manage CIPN, recognizing and managing your own symptoms. It is our hope that you will leave this conversation understanding the signs to look out for if you’re experiencing any neuropathy complication following or during cancer treatment. Facilitated by Karyn Holtz, PT MHS CLT.

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

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.

Luminaries for Loved Ones

Friday, February 16th | 10:30-12 p.m. | Mokena

We will create unique luminaries to remember our loved ones through this winter season. You may bring a small picture of your loved one to share. Please call 708-798-9171 or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org to register.

Kids Group with Parent Meetup

Mondays | 4-5 p.m. | February 5th through March 18th | Homewood

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 Art4Soul Outing

Monday, February 26th | 4-5 p.m.

Come join us to make art at Art4Soul in downtown Homewood. Kids aged 5-12 who are impacted by cancer are welcome. Please call 708-798-9171 or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org to register.

Poetry Workshop

Thursday, March 7th | 1-2 p.m. | Mokena

Join us to get creative and express ourselves through poetry. We will work on a prompt together as a group. Get your creative writing ideas flowing and share with others! Open to all, no experience necessary. Call either location or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org to register. 

Bookmaking Workshop

Tuesday, March 19th | 4-5:30 p.m. | Mokena 

Join us for a night of bookmaking! At the end you will have the skills to make your own book and your very own handmade blank book to use as a journal, sketchbook, or whatever you can think up. All materials will be provided.

Cherry Blossom Art Workshop

Wednesday, March 20th | 12:20-1:45 p.m. | Homewood 

Cherry Blossom Art Workshop: The blooms of Cherry blossoms are vibrant and precious. In Spring, we are reminded of the beauty and joy of life. Join us to create a cherry blossom image using acrylic paint and mixed media. No previous art experience is necessary. This workshop will be facilitated by art therapist Milo. All materials will be provided. To register please call 708.478.3529 or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org.  

 

Candle Making Workshop

Thursday, April 4th | 1:30-3 p.m. | Homewood

Join Kim from Blue Pearl Candles for a candle making workshop. All materials will be provided. Registration is required and space is limited. Please call 708-798-9171 or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org to register.

Spring Bouquet Art Workshop

Wednesday, April 10th | 12:00-1:30 p.m. | Mokena  

In this workshop we will look towards Spring & create a fiber art bouquet of cheerful pom pom flowers. Brighten your day and join us for a fun and social art workshop facilitated by art therapist Milo. All materials will be provided. To register please call 708.478.3529 or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org.  

Cancer is full of “SCRAP”

Wednesday, April 24th | 12-1:30 p.m. | Homewood

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

Game Night

Tuesday, April 30th | 4-5:30 p.m. | Mokena 

Join us for our second Game Night. We have plenty of games to share with you and new games are also welcome. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Call either location or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org to register. 

 

Watercolor sunset workshop

Wednesday, May 1st | 12:20-1:45 p.m. | Homewood

Watercolor Sunset Art Workshop: In this workshop we will paint a calming sunset using watercolor techniques to layer and hold space. No previous painting experience needed to create a peaceful sunset of your own. Facilitated by art therapist Milo. All materials will be provided. Please call to register or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org

Art Themes 

February: Heart Art

March: Exploring Color

April: Spring Art

May: Reflective 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.

Instructional Movement for Pain Reduction - Presented by Roy Alfonso

February 26th, March 25th, April 15th, May 20th | 2-3 p.m. | Homewood In-person only

In a small group setting, Roy works with each person individually instructing on which ‘corrective movements can best help in reducing pain, increasing flexibility and balance. This program is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn what exercises can help ease chronic pain. Please call 708-798-9171 to register. Presented by Roy Alfonso.

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Nutrition Education

Special Programs

Healthy Lifestyle Program - Mokena & Homewood

Mokena | Nutrition with Chris, 12-12:40 p.m. | Fitness with Amanda, 12:45-1:30p.m. Wednesdays, February 21st

Homewood | Nutrition with Chris, 2:30-3:10 p.m. | Fitness with Roy, 3:15-4 p.m.

Thursdays, February 22nd, 29th

Healthy Lifestyle is a 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 and 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! Mokena Program Facilitated by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator and Amanda McLaughlin, Personal Trainer. Homewood Program Facilitated by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator and Roy Alfonso, (CFS) Certified Fitness & Functional Movement Specialist.

Cooking with Chef Marcia; Spoonful of Comfort

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

A recent  study  in the journal of  Psychological Science  reports that turning to comfort foods can improve your mood. Data from this research showed that consuming foods that are associated with good thoughts and warm feelings not only improves a sense of well-being. Chef Marcia will explore fabulous recipes. Presented by: Culinary Chef Marcia Kuchta.

Healthy & Homemade with Gwen: Pizza Bar using Fresh Ingredients

Thursday, Feb. 22nd | 11:30-1 p.m. | Mokena

Eating healthy pizza can provide several benefits for your diet and health. Eating healthy pizza can provide several benefits for your diet and health. Homemade means less preservatives and the freedom to use all of your favorite toppings. You will absolutely love Gwen’s pizza.

Healthy and Homemade with Gwen; Amazing Asian Foods 

Thursday, March 7th | 11-12:30 p.m. | Mokena

There are so many Asian-inspired recipes that you can make at home.  Gwen will take us step-by-step on how to make ‘egg roll in a bowl’ and other amazing sides demonstrating just how amazing Asian cooking can taste. 

 

Fighting Back against inflammation and managing aches and pains

Wednesday, March 13th | 9:30-10:45 a.m. | Mokena

Kris Geigner, Owner of Health Nutz Natural Foods in Mokena is a 30-year industry veteran will share her expertise on practical ways to improve health and wellness. Kris will discuss how lifestyle choices can help improve our health.  She will discuss how an anti-inflammatory diet and at times, natural supplements can enhance your health and support your body during and after treatment.  Q&A session at the end of each presentation to answer any and all of your questions.

Cooking Made Fun with Chef Lesley Shworles; Refreshing Shrimp Salads 

Thursday, March 14th | 11:30-1p.m. | Mokena

There are so many amazing health benefits for eating salads but sometimes we tire of them.  Why not add shrimp or crab, nuts and seeds and flavorful salad dressings like fresh citric balsamic?  Chef Lesley will show us how easy it is to make an amazing salad.  Presented by: Chef Lesley Shworles. 

Cooking with Chef Marcia; Pizza-Inspired Recipes 

Tuesday, March 19th | 10:30-12 p.m. | Homewood

There are so many pizza-inspired recipes that are fun to make and taste amazing that are quick and easy to make.  You can serve them anytime; for breakfast, lunch or dinner that tantalize your taste buds. Presented by: Culinary Chef Marcia Kuchta. 

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

Thursday, March 21st |10:30-12 p.m. | Mokena

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. Presented by: Christine Rosandich, MS, Nutrition & Wellness Program Manager, The Cancer Support Center.

Finding Inner Contentment in Your Surroundings; Creating a Healthier Home

Saturday, April 6th | 9:45-11:45 a.m. | Mokena; A healthy breakfast will be served.

The key to loving where you live is to focus on what you can control. We will explore; 

  • 10 ways to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals at home.  

  • Review a practical guide to toxic-free living. 

  • 10 anti-inflammatory staples to have on hand. 

  • Simple strategies to making lifestyle changes to improve your surroundings. 

  • Take-home gift; make your own air freshener or liquid hand soap to take home.  

Presented by Jayne Hayes and Chris Rosandich.

Cooking with Chef Marcia; Lemons and Limes; favorite citrus dishes

Tuesday, April 9th | 10:30-12 p.m. | Homewood

Citrus can put pep into any spring recipe. Citrus enhances flavors with its acidity, making tastes livelier and enticing.  Chef Marcia will show us just how beneficial cooking with citrus can be making everything taste so much better. Presented by: Culinary Chef Marcia Kuchta.

Supporting bone and heart health 

Wednesday, April 10th | 9:30-10:45 a.m. | Mokena

Kris Geigner, Owner of Health Nutz Natural Foods in Mokena is a 27-year industry veteran will share her expertise on practical ways to improve health and wellness. Kris will discuss how lifestyle choices can help improve our health.  She will discuss how an anti-inflammatory diet and at times, natural supplements can enhance your health and support your body during and after treatment.  Q&A session at the end of each presentation to answer any and all of your questions.   

Healthy and Homemade with Gwen: Mexican Fiesta

Friday, April 12th |10:30-12 p.m. | Mokena

Everyone loves Mexican food and Gwen is great about choosing healthy ingredients to make every recipe taste amazing. She will show us how to make vegetable enchiladas and other sides that will taste amazing. Please join us for this fun Friday program.  

Healthy Lifestyle Program-MOKENA | 6-week program; online or in-person  

Nutrition & Fitness on Wednesdays!! Nutrition with Chris, 12-12:40 pm, Fitness with Amanda, 12:45-1:30 pm, Wednesdays, April 24, May, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Healthy Lifestyle is a 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!  Facilitated by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator and Amanda McLaughlin, Personal Trainer.  

Healthy Lifestyle Program—HOMEWOOD | 6-week program; in-person only 

Nutrition & Fitness on THURSDAYS!! Nutrition with Chris, 2:30-3:10 pm, Fitness with Roy, 3:15-4 pm, Thursdays, April 26, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

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!  Facilitated by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator and Roy Alfonso, (CFS) Certified Fitness & Functional Movement Specialist.

 

 

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

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

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.

Presented by: Christine Rosandich, MS, Nutrition & Wellness Program Manager, The Cancer Support Center.

Improving digestive health and immune function

Wednesday, May 8th | 9:30-10:45 a.m. | Mokena 

Kris Geigner, Owner of Health Nutz Natural Foods in Mokena is a 27-year industry veteran will share her expertise on practical ways to improve health and wellness. Kris will discuss how lifestyle choices can help improve our health.  She will discuss how an anti-inflammatory diet and at times, natural supplements can enhance your health and support your body during and after treatment.  Q&A session at the end of each presentation to answer any and all of your questions.  

Cooking Made Fun with Chef Lesley Shworles; Fabulous Cherry Recipes Including Their Health Benefits  

Thursday, May 9th |11:30-1 p.m. | Mokena

Drinking tart cherry juice has been proven to reduce inflammation biomarkers that are commonly seen in people with chronic diseases. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cherry juice is often used to alleviate pain, swelling and promote muscle recovery and is considered one of the top healthy drinks.  Chef Lesley will demonstrate wonderful ways to incorporate ally type of cherries into your cooking.   Presented by: Chef Lesley Shworles.

Cooking with Chef Marcia; Cooking 101; Simple meals for your Busy Summer including air frying  

Tuesday, May 14th | 10:30-12 p.m. | Homewood

Summer is the time for carefree cooking.  Let farmers-markets and fresh produce shine in your recipes.  Chef Marcia will show us just how easy it is to eat well throughout our busy summer.  Presented by: Culinary Chef Marcia Kuchta 

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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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