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Cancer Education

Knowledge is power! LivingWell’s cancer education program includes presentations by top oncologists and other clinicians to help you make educated decisions about your cancer journey.
Register for medical discussions at livingwell.nm.org.

Friday, May 20, 10:00 10:45 am
Neurographic Art for Stress Relief
Robert Jackman, LCPC, Robert Jackman Psychotherapy, and Cheri Hunt, LivingWell art instructor
Learn how neurographic art can be a valuable tool for reducing stress and anxiety. All you need is a piece of paper and pen; no art experience necessary!

Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
From Diagnosis and Beyond: Top 10 Questions Answered About Gynecologic Cancers
Dr. Jenna Marcus, Gynecologic Oncology, Northwestern Medical Group
Dr. Marcus will answer the most common questions from women about what a gynecologic cancer diagnosis means and which treatment is right for you. She will also be available to answer your specific questions during the Q&A portion of her presentation.

Wednesday, June 8, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Social Security Disability Benefits and Cancer
Candace McCarthy King, retired executive director, DuPage Federation of Human Services Reform
Learn about the benefits available through the Social Security Administration, qualifications for these benefits and things to consider before applying. Candace has a wealth of knowledge on this important topic, so please bring your questions!

Tuesday, June 14, 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Chemo-Induced Neuropathy
Dr. Robin Buerki, Neuro-Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Join Dr. Buerki for a live medical discussion on Facebook about the diagnosis and management of peripheral neuropathy, which can be caused by chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. Common symptoms include numbness, tingling, shooting pain or burning in the hands and feet. This discussion will be live on Facebook. Link to join:  facebook.com/livingwellcrc.

Monday, June 27, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Skin Care While Undergoing Cancer Treatment
Dr. Jill Cotseones, Dermatology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Most people know about side effects, like hair loss, that can accompany cancer treatment. But cancer treatment can also impact your skin. Dr. Cotseones will share her expertise about skin care for oncology patients and answer your questions during a Q&A at the end of her presentation.

Tuesday, July 12, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
A Swimsuit and a Bike: Resilience in the Face of Chronic Stressors
Eric Larson, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine
Dr. Larson will discuss how to respond to stressors that last a long time and that sometimes pile on top of other stressors. This is especially relevant to cancer survivors over the past two years. After confronting one illness (cancer), they were faced with another one (COVID) that threatened them as well as their families. Dr. Larson will also discuss a new idea in psychology that identifies and nurtures healthy responses to prolonged adversity.  He’ll review practices that have been shown to help people thrive during tough times that last longer than expected and identify resources to support those practices and sustain us in the long haul. This discussion will be live on Facebook. Link to join:  facebook.com/livingwellcrc.

Friday, July 22, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Cancer and Psychiatry: Role of Psychiatric Medications in Cancer Care
Dr. Kanan Modhwadia, Psychiatry, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Learn about the use of psychotherapy as well as mental health medications, such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, during a cancer journey and the types of medications available. Choosing the right treatment plan should be based on a person’s individual needs and medical situation, and under a health professional’s care.

Friday, August 5, 1:00 1:30 pm
Acupuncture: Benefits for Patients with Cancer
Ania Grimone, LAc, CH, Northwestern Medicine Osher Center for Integrative Health
Learn from a licensed acupuncturist at Northwestern Medicine about acupuncture and its use to manage a variety of symptoms and conditions associated with cancer and the side effects of cancer treatments. 

Monday, August 8, 6:30 7:45 pm
I’ve Finished Cancer Treatment, Now What?
Survivorship 101
Dr. Christopher George, Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Cancer treatment can require a patient’s full attention and energy for months or even years. And when it is done, the treatment can leave patients emotionally and physically spent, and even a bit disoriented as they adjust to life after cancer. Dr. George will address what to expect as a “cancer survivor,” and how you can partner with your medical team to help you recover from treatment.

Monday, August 22, 10:00 11:00 am
Prostate Cancer: What’s New for Screening and Treatment
Dr. William Hartsell, Radiation Oncology, Radiation Oncology Consultants, Northwestern Medical Group
Dr. Hartsell primarily practices at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center and has expertise in the use of conformal 3D therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery, high dose rate brachytherapy, and proton therapy. He will be sharing the latest advances in prostate cancer screening and treatment and answering questions during the Q&A portion of the presentation.

Every Third Wednesday, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Understanding the Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) Ketogenic Diet
Dr. Christy Kesslering
Each month, Dr. Christy Kesslering will start with a presentation on a topic related to LCHF followed by a Q&A session and networking.