The Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Cancer Survivorship Center is the first stand alone hospital affiliated survivorship center in Illinois. The Center provides comprehensive, holistic support for patients as well as their family members and caregivers by providing support and resources. These include:
- Offering evidence-based patient centered care
- Providing assistance in achieving a healthier lifestyle
- Empowering patients and aiding them in navigating the healthcare system
- Supporting the patient and healthcare provider relationship Cancer Survivorship Center
The programs and classes offered are designed to focus on the physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of patients, family members and caregivers. The Center offers classes and support groups helping our patients to live life beyond cancer.
For Patients of Lutheran General Hospital: If you are having difficulty dealing with a cancer diagnosis or recurrence, please call the Cancer Care Foundation Hotline: 1.847.920.1356
Calendar of Events & Programs
December | January | February | March
To sign up for classes, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) and mention the class code or register online.
1999 Dempster St.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(along Dempster Street and in front of the Center for Advanced Care Parking Garage).
Click here for directions
Survivorship center parking is located in the northwest corner of the garage, level 1.
There is easy access to the center via the northwest corner garage gate.
NEW! | Classes and Programs| Exercise | Support Groups | Spiritual Enrichment | Special Classes
NEW for 2014!
NEW Chair Yoga (Class Code: 8C70)
This class is a gentle form of yoga for ALL ages, ALL fitness levels and ALL physical conditions. Sitting in a chair for support, you will practice yoga techniques. The class focus will be on yoga poses, body awareness, breathing techniques and relaxation.
Every Wednesday, starting January 8, 2014 | Time: 1:15pm-2:00pm
NEW Cultivating Peace Through Yoga: 3-Hour Yoga Workshop (Class Code: 8C74)
While the physical practice of yoga brings strength and flexibility to bodies de-conditioned by cancer, the practice is much more than that. In this workshop students will explore various approaches based in yoga philosophy that cultivate a more peaceful life. Please dress in comfortable clothes. ALL levels of fitness welcome!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 9:00am-12:00pm
NEW New Food Ideas for 2014 (Class Code: 8C71)
Celebrate the New Year with some food tips! We will discuss new recipe ideas, food trends, and healthy eating tips to improve your diet for 2014!
Thursday, January 9, 2014 | Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
NEW Heart Healthy Nutrition (Class Code: 8C72)
During heart month, come and learn about how to treat your heart right with good nutrition! We will discuss a heart healthy diet, and share recipes to treat yourself, or someone you love to this Valentine’s Day. Food samples provided.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 | Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
NEW Leaking is Inevitable: What you can do (Class Code: 8C73)
Discussion about bladder health and leaking does not have to be an inevitable way of life for men or women. Learn valuable information about how your bladder and how strong pelvic muscles can decrease leaking.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
NEW Uncovering the Truth of What's in Foods (Class Code: 8C76)
Come learn about the mysteries of food this March. Uncover what is really in Foods, how different ingredients work, and tips for finding ingredients that really count. Food samples provided.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
NEW Easy Meals, Healthy Family Presented by Meijer (Class Code: 8C75)
Please join Maribel Alchin, the Healthy Living Advisor, for Meijer Foods, for a cooking demo which will give participants the ultimate guide to planning and preparing simple, delicious, and nutritious meals. A cookbook and food samples will be provided to each participant!
Friday, March 14, 2014 | Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
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Classes and programs
Look Good, Feel Better Program (Class Code 8C24)
Look Good, Feel Better" is a free program that offers beauty techniques to female cancer patients to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. This program is sponsored by Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and the American Cancer Society.
Wig Boutique (Class Code 8C50)
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, free wigs to women in need, who are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment.
Breast Prosthesis Fitting by Nordstrom (Class Code 8C52)
Registered mastectomy fitter, Joanne Galindo, will be available for 30 minute consultations to provide information and prosthesis fittings, the second Tuesday of the month starting July 9.
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Tai Chi (Class code 8C57)
Tai Chi, a therapeutic art, uses gentle flowing movements to reduce stress. Tai Chi is often described as “meditation in motion” promoting peace through gentle movements, connecting body, mind and spirit.
Every Monday | Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Strength Training for Patients and Survivors (Class code 8C58)
Do you want to be able to lift your carry-on bag or get in and out of the car more easily? Then this class is for you. We will be warming up those muscles to move safely through a full range of motion, work on balance and safe stretching. These exercises will be tailored to fit the needs of the individual. Everyone will be encouraged to work at their own pace.
Every Wednesday | Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Stress Relief Yoga (Class Code 8C54)
Group yoga class taught by a certified Yoga instructor. This gentle class is designed for yoga students of all levels. Focus is on quiet, stillness, strength, flexibility, alignment and balance. Each class will lead you through a harmonizing practice that releases tension and leaves you feeling refreshed and calm.
In addition to the Monday class, starting January 8th, Stress Relief Yoga will also be offered on Wednesday evenings: 5:45 pm-6:45 pm
Pilates for Cancer Survivors (Class Code 8C53)
Group Pilates class taught by a certified Pilates instructor and cancer survivor! This class is offered to cancer patients and survivors. The instructor understands the importance of exercise to keep the body strong and healthy.
Gentle and Restorative Yoga for Cancer Patients/Survivors (Class Code 8C49)
A yoga classes which helps individuals open the body with gentle breathing and some restorative yoga postures. The class is appropriate for all levels of fitness. Postures can be modified for those to take the class from a chair. This class is for cancer patients and survivors.
Exercise for Cancer (Class Code 8C47)
An exercise class to improve strength, stamina and flexibility. All levels of fitness welcome. This class is for cancer patients and survivors.
Gentle Yoga for Cancer Patients/Survivors (Class Code 8C46)
A yoga class focusing on balance, flexibility and strengthening through gentle yoga postures. Practice is appropriate for all levels of fitness and can be done in a chair if needed. This class is for cancer patients and survivors.
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Men: Surviving and Thriving with Cancer (Class Code 8C55)
Are you a man who is newly diagnosed with cancer? Are you currently in treatment? Or are you out of treatment? Robert Coe, LGH In-Patient counselor, invites you to this group which will give participants the opportunity to share experiences, challenges, and concerns about your cancer diagnosis.
NEW for 2014: 12/17, 1/8, 1/22, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26 | Time: 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Journey of Caregiving (Class code 8C56)
Please join Kathy Scortino, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Registered Nurse and Clinical Director, at Wellness Place in Palatine. This group provides a safe and confidential place to talk about the joys and struggles of caregiving, to share Information, and to speak of your loss when your caregiver role ends. Registration preferred, but not required.
10/15, 11/19, 12/17 | Time: 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Focus on Wellness
6-week program for cancer survivors. Group will focus on relaxation, self-care and help to reduce stress. Groups forming now. Please call Louise DiMiceli-Mitran, Mt-BC, LCPC, 847-723-7265
Breast Cancer Networking/Support Group
The Breast Cancer Network/Support Group is open to survivors and is an opportunity to share information and experiences with others. No registration necessary, please drop in.
Brain Tumor Support Group
Supported by The Cancer Care Foundation
This group is for anyone with a brain tumor, including their caregivers. If you're newly diagnosed, in or out of treatment, please join Syril N. Gilbert, MSW, LCSW & Sandi Westin, MSW, LCSW for information and support. No registration necessary, please drop in.
Dates: 3rd Wednesday of every month (10/16, 11/20, 12/18)
Time: 7:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Location: The Center for Advanced Care, Rm: 1220
Please join Louise Dimiceli-Mitran, LGH Music Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, who will lead this cancer networking group. If you are newly diagnosed, in or out of treatment, this group is a place to check in with your challenges and victories, to find support and share experiences. Includes relaxation and guided imagery at the end. Please drop in, no registration required.
10/15, 11/19, 12/17 | Time: 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
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Monday-Thursday 9:30am-4:00pm, Chaplain Stanley Buglione will be available for a session of spiritual enrichment for those seeking such an encounter. This enrichment will be based on the person's own centers of meaning, religious or otherwise. Stan will meet persons seeking spiritual enrichment outside the Lutheran General Chapel. If you wish to meet with Stan, a staff member of the Cancer Survivorship will arrange the day/time with Stan.
Spirituality Discussion Group (Class Code: 8C66)
A diagnosis of cancer affects one's beliefs and emotions as well as one's body. Survivorship can be helped by having a positive attitude, but that can be hard at times. This group gives participants the chance to talk about their feelings, beliefs and faith, in hopes that they can gain and maintain a positive attitude. Registration is required.
NEW for 2014: Thursday January 2, February 6, March 6 | Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
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Exploring the Creative Process (Class Code: 8C58)
Guided by Art Therapist, Alyssa Harris, this class offers a unique approach to art making, with an emphasis on the healing power of the creative process. Our class is a safe place, free from any comment or criticism. Participants will use drawing, painting, writing and simple sculpture materials. All materials will be provided. Registration is required.
NEW dates for 2014: 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27 | Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
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The Cancer Survivorship Center partners with 2-community organizations, Wellness Place, in Palatine, and The Cancer Wellness Center, in Northbrook. In addition to the programs offered at The Survivorship Center, programs and classes are offered at both organizations, free of charge. Please visit Wellness Place at www.wellnessplace.org and The Cancer Wellness Center at www.cancerwellness.org, for a list of current classes.
If you have questions regarding programs, classes, or services offered please call 847.723.5690.