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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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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. 

Brain Tumor Networking Group (Mokena)

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 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.

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.

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

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

Virtual

​Thursday, February 23 from 3-4 p.m.

Join ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Center Manager Karyn Holtz as she discusses the importance of neuropathy issues following and during cancer treatment. You will learn common symptoms to look out for, how cancer rehab can help, and how to recognize and manage your own symptoms. Presented by Karyn Holtz, PT, MHS, CLT

Lymphedema

Virtual

Wednesday, March 15 from 1-2 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.

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..

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

Watercolor Art Workshop

Homewood

February 15 from 12-1 p.m.

We will learn & practice techniques used when using the watercolor medium. Paper, paint, & brushes will be supplied. Any skill level is welcome as we experiment with the art of watercolor. Please call 708-798-9171 or email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org to register.

Anniversary Art Show

Homewood

Thursday, March 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of Art and celebration as we enjoy a show of works created by members of our center and kick off The Cancer Support Center’s 30th Anniversary week. Light refreshments will be provided. Please call 708-798-9171 to register and email kfriel@cancersupportcenter.org for information on how to submit your artwork.

Navigating Relationships for Young Adults Living with Cancer (18-40ish)

Virtual

Wednesday, March 22 from 6-7 p.m.

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.

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.

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 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 

Healthy Lifestyle 8-week Program

Hybrid - Mokena & Virtual

Fitness: Tuesday's 12:30-1:30 pm | Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28

Nutrition: Wednesday's 12:30-1:30 pm | Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 | March 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! Ask how you can earn incentives by attending this program. Facilitated by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator and new personal trainer, Amanda McLaughlin CPT.

Pain Management Workshop with Roy Alfonso: Back & Hip

Hybrid - Homewood & Virtual

Monday, February 13 from 2-3 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 spinal fusion. To register call 708-798-9171 or click the link below.

Essential Oils for Enhanced Health

Hybrid - Mokena & Virtual

Wednesday, February 22 from 10:30-12 p.m.

Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant from which they were derived. They are packed with healing compounds that can help boost mood, improve sleep, kill bacteria and help reduce anxiety, pain and stress. Jayne and Chris will discuss all of the fabulous uses from: aromatherapy, household cleaning products, insect repellent and natural remedies for physical discomfort and well-being. Presented by Jayne Hayes and Chris Rosandich.

Pain Management Workshop with Roy Alfonso: Knee & Leg

Hybrid - Homewood & Virtual

Monday, March 20 from 2-3 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.

Spring Cleaning Using Toxic-Free Products & Essential Oils

Thursday, March 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. | Homewood

Wednesday, March 22 from 11-12:30 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 also review the wonderful benefits of using essential oils in your home. Presented by Chris Rosandich, Nutrition Educator, MS and Jayne Hayes, Reiki Master and Sound Healing Practitioner. 

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Nutrition Education

Special Programs

Cooking for One or Two - The World's Oldest Legume - Lentils

Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual

Wednesday, February 15 from 10:30-12 p.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.

Cooking with Chef Marcia; The Best Comfort Foods

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Tuesday, February 7 from 10:30-12 p.m.

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, they also decrease loneliness. Chef Marcia will explore fabulous recipes that can help you increase feelings of happiness while nourishing your body. Presented by Culinary Chef Marcia Kuchta.

Eating Well for 2023: Healthy Living 4 Week Series

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Thursday's, February 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 1-2:15 p.m.

Are you ready to make healthy lifestyle changes in 2023? New research finds that by working together, it can dramatically increase our motivation to achieve our goals. Healthy Living, a 4-week small group program can be attended virtually or in-person. You will receive advanced nutrition information, goal setting strategies and small group support that can help trigger new behaviors, guide your focus and help you sustain healthy practices in life. Facilitated by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator.

Cooking for One or Two - Chicken Tinga Tacos

Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual

Wednesday, March 8 from 10:30-12 p.m.

It's possible to eat fresh, home-cooked meals, even if you live alone or with one other person. Join Chris and Marilu as they shares tips, tricks, and recipes to making amazing tacos that are easy, tasty and healthy.

Cooking with Chef Marcia; Healthy Spring Dinners/Chopped Salads

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Tuesday, March 21 from 10:30-12 p.m.

Chef Marcia and Nutrition Educator Chris Rosandich will demonstrate how to make a simple but remarkable chopped salad. It is possible to eat fresh, home-cooked meals, even if you live alone or with one or two other people. Join Chris and Chef Marcia as they demonstrate tips, tricks, and recipes to make the perfect chopped salad.

Women's Wellness; Increase Energy, Support Digestion and Improve Mood

Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual

Thursday, March 2 from 1:15-2:30 p.m.

We know a balanced eating plan is a cornerstone for health. Since women have unique health care needs, one important goal is to make sure a woman's diet includes iron-rich foods, folate, calcium and vitamin D. Chris will review the best strategies to increase energy, support digestion and improve mood with diet. 

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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