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Cancer Survivorship Center

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.

***NOTICE: To sign up for classes, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) and mention the class code or register online.

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

June  |  July  |  August  |  September

Location

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

Parking

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 classes, starting July 2014

To sign up for classes, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) and mention the class code or register online.

Antioxidants (Class Code: 8C88)
Learn about the different antioxidants and how they can help fight against different types of cancers. We will discuss food sources and ways to increase your antioxidant intake in your diet.
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014 | Time: 11:00am - Noon

Flaxseed & Soy Products (Class Code: 8C89) 
Get the up to date information on whether flaxseed and soy products are helpful or should be avoided for those persons with a cancer diagnosis. We will learn together about which foods contain lignans and isoflavones, which are similar to estrogen, and what the most up to date research shows.
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 | Time: 11:00am - Noon

Cancer Risk Factors and Ways to Avoid Them (Class Code: 8C90)
Come and discuss some of the risk factors for cancer such as excessive alcohol intake, smoking, being overweight and obesity. We will discuss ways to avoid these risk factors and ways to further reduce your cancer risk.
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014 | Time: 11:00am - Noon

Yoga Workshop: Managing Pain with Yoga (Class Code: 8C91)
In this workshop students will learn how to work with pain both in the mind and body. Students will be introduced to specific yoga sequences, breathing techniques and meditations that address mind/body pain. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. Practices will be done sitting on chairs.
Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2014 | Time: 9:30am - Noon

Exercise Ball (Class Code: 8C40)
Exercise Ball routines combine an intensity of movement with contemplation and relaxation techniques., giving the mind a workout too! This class is an excellent way to improve how your body looks, feels and works!
Date: Mondays, starting July 7th | Time: Noon-1:00pm

Zumba Gold (Class Code: 8C42)
This easy -to –follow program let’s you move to the beat at your own speed. It’s an invigorating, community-oriented dance-fitness class that feels fresh, and most of all, exhilarating! Zumba Gold classes provide modified, low-impact moves for active older adults.
Date: Wednesdays, starting September 3rd | Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Strength with Bands - Gentle Conditioning (Class Code: 8C43)
This is a great class for everyone! All fitness levels will enjoy these low impact resistance bands to achieve total body conditioning, enhancing muscular endurance and increase strength. We will finish the workout with relaxing stretches.
Date: Mondays, starting September 8th | Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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Classes and programs

To sign up for classes, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) and mention the class code or register online.

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. 

Chair Massage: Veronica Garcoveanu, LMT (Class Code: 8C82)
**1 scheduled chair massage appointment per person, per month

Therapeutic Chair Massage is a great way to reduce tension and promote relaxation. Chair massage is a style of seated massage typically focusing on the head, back, shoulders, neck, arms, and hands, for approximately 15 minutes. Chair massage is performed while fully clothed and does not require massage oil. 
Dates: June 19 | Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm (15 min. appointments)
Available times: 10-10:15am, 10:20-10:35am, 10:40-10:55am, 11:00-11:15am, 11:20-11:35 am, 11:40-11:55am, Noon-12:15 pm, 12:20-12:35pm, 12:40-12:55pm

Staying Hydrated and Healthy While Enjoying the Summer (Class Code: 8C78) 
We will discuss fluid requirements, ways to stay hydrated in hot weather, seasonal foods and tips for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Recipes will be provided! 
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Time:11:00am - Noon

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Exercise classes

To sign up for classes, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) and mention the class code or register online.

Strength Training and Walking (Class Code: 8C86)
2 Classes in 1! Join Michelle Wind for 30 minutes of Strength training and 30 minutes of walking. All Fitness levels welcome. If walking outside is not possible due to weather, the class will continue with Strength Training for the full hour. Class meets 3 days a week. 
Monday and Friday, 1:00-2:00pm; Wednesday, Noon-1:00pm. Starts Friday, April 4

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 | Time: 1:15pm-2:00pm

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: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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.
Every Monday  |  Time: 9:30am - 10:30am

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.  

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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Support groups

To sign up for classes, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) and mention the class code or register online.

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.
6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10 | Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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.
6/17, 7/15, 8/19, 9/16 | Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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.
6/10, 7/8, 8/12, 9/9  |  Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

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 (6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17)
Time: 7:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Location: The Center for Advanced Care, Rm: 1220

Moving Forward: All Cancer Networking Group
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.
6/17, 7/15, 8/19, 9/16  | Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Spiritual Enrichment

To sign up for classes, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) and mention the class code or register online.

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.
6/5, 7/3, 8/7, 9/4  | Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

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Special Programs

To sign up for classes, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) and mention the class code or register online.

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.
Thursdays, twice a month | Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Wellness Resources

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.


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