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.
Special Programs at Silver Cross
*OFF FOR THE SUMMER, WILL RESUME IN SEPTEMBER (Every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.)
Join us in the 2nd-floor lobby of UCM’s Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross for Bi-lingual Yoga with Marcela, 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. Bring a pillow or blanket, and wear loose clothing.
Education & Networking
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.
LGBTQ+ Networking Group (Virtual)
The first Monday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7 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.
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.
Wednesday, June 14th from 3-4 p.m.
Join Physical Therapist Karyn Holtz as she explores the impacts of Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF) and varying ways cancer rehabilitation therapy can help. CRF is common among individuals currently undergoing treatment or living with a history of cancer. This session will present many strategies to proactively manage and overcome the challenges of CRF and live well beyond cancer.
Wednesday, June 28th 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
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.
Paint a Pot Workshop
June 7th | 11-12:30 p.m. | Homewood
Join Art Therapist Milo to get creative and paint a small terracotta pot for your garden! This fun workshop is open to all and all materials will be provided.
Registration is required. Please call either location to register.
Learn the basics of watercolor art. This fun, portable type of art making is versatile and something anyone can do!
June: Art for Relaxation
Join us to use different art techniques and materials to relax and unwind. We will create things like mandalas, Zentangles, and more!
Fitness & Physical Wellness
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 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.
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. 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.
Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual
Monday, June 26th 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 or register online.
Healthy Lifestyle Program NEW SESSION!
Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual 8-week program
Fitness with Amanda Tuesdays; 12:30-1:30 p.m.
May 23, & 30 | June 6
Nutrition with Chris Wednesdays; 12:30-1:30 p.m.
May 24, 31 | June 7
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 Amanda McLaughlin, Personal Trainer.
Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual
Wednesday, May 24th from 10:30-12 p.m.
Are you finding that you are eating too many highly processed sweet treats lately but would like to explore healthier options that still taste fabulous? Let's explore ways to cut back and overcome this love for sugar by making and preparing 'healthier' options. Samples and recipes will be available. Presented by Chris Rosandich, MS and guest facilitator, Gwen Giampaolo.
Top Ten Toxic Food Ingredients in Processed Food to Avoid
Hybrid - Homewood or Virtual: Thursday, June 8th from 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual: Wednesday, June 14th from 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Most foods that have been canned, dehydrated, or had chemicals added to them are considered processed and make up about 60 percent of the average American diet. Some of the ingredients commonly found in these foods are harmful. These could include refined grains, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and all the other artificial junk you can't even pronounce on the ingredient lists. We will review which ingredients to stay clear of for better health.
Superfood Smoothie Clinic; Perfect Time to Try New Amazing Smoothies
Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual
Tuesday, June 21st from 11-12:30 p.m.
Learn to make blend-at-home smoothies that have great taste, and are jam-packed with pre and probiotics, protein, healthy fats and fiber. Blending your organic fruits and veggies is the best and quickest way to reduce inflammation while hydrating your body, drenching your cells in life-giving nutrients and even repairing your DNA. Samples are available. Presented by Chris Rosandich, MS, Nutrition Educator.
Simple & Natural Cleaning; Non-toxic & Eco-friendly Products
Hybrid - Mokena or Virtual
Wednesday, June 7th from 11-12:30 p.m.
Would you like to remove harmful ingredients from your home? We use products every day on our bodies and in our homes that contain ingredients that are harmful. This program will explore simple, easy and economical ways to detox your home from harmful chemicals and help you begin this journey of clean and green living. Learn how to make foaming hand soap, air freshener, tub and toilet cleaner, window spray and kitchen counter disinfectant all toxic-free for your home. Each person will receive a cleaning product to take home. Presented by Chris Rosandich and Jayne Hayes, Tibetan Bowl Practitioner.
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.