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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

February  |  March  |  April  |  May  |  June


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 Spring 2014!

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

Management of Speech and Swallowing Problems for Cancer Patients (Class Code: 8C84)
Education Program about the signs & symptoms of speech and swallowing problems for those with head, neck, and lung cancer. Types of evaluation & treatment by a speech pathologist will be discussed, when to seek a consultation, and what outcomes to expect. Led by Susan Bertucci, Speech/Language Pathologist of LGH-Outpatient Rehabilitation Services.
Date: April 2, 2014 | Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

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

Whole Foods Market Presents: Organic vs. Non-Organic (Class Code: 8C77) 
Representatives from Whole Foods Market, Park Ridge, visit to discuss the organic movement and it’s effects on our food, bodies, air and water. You will be invited to see if you can taste the difference through several taste tests, and one lucky participant will win a basket with organic goodies valued at $100!
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | Time: 11:00am  Limited Seating, Please Register!

Vitamins and Minerals: Most Important Things to Know (Class Code: 8C80)
Come and learn about the importance & function of vitamins & minerals in the body. We will discuss sources, signs of deficiency & vitamins role in the body.
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 | Time: 11:00am – Noon

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: March 20, April 17, May 15, 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

Fiber and Ways to Maintain Satiety (Class Code: 8C79) 
Join in on a discussion for ways to improve satiety throughout the day while maintaining a healthy diet. Learn about fiber, food sources, and it’s role in the body.
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 | Time: 11:00am – Noon

Yoga and Meditation Workshop: Healing Through Mindfulness (Class Code: 8C81)
In this workshop, students will be introduced to mind/body practices that promote mindful healing and peaceful living. Presentation will include lecture, discussion, yoga and guided meditation. Program is appropriate for all levels of fitness. Please wear comfortable clothes. Space is limited, please register!
Date: Wednesday, May 21 | Time: 9:30am – Noon

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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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.

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

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

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. 

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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.

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.
3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 6/11 | 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.
3/18, 4/15, 5/20, 6/17 | 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.
3/17, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10  |  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 (3/19, 4/16, 5/14, 6/18)
Time: 7:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Location: The Center for Advanced Care, Rm: 1220

Moving Forward
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.
3/18, 4/15, 5/20, 6/17  | 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.
4/3, 5/1, 6/5  | 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 and The Cancer Wellness Center at, 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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