Medical Discussions

Medical Discussions

Living Well offers medical updates and special discussions online to support you throughout a cancer journey. All discussions will be presented via Microsoft Teams.

Watch recordings of previous medical discussions on our YouTube Channel:




PSA Screening? Surgery? Radiation?

Hybrid (Warrenville): Monday, September 11, 6:00–7:00pm
Presented by: Vikas Desai, MD, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America. In the United States, 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Understand the complexities of prostate cancer, detection and management.



Leukemia: Understanding the Symptoms and Treatment of a Liquid Tumor

Hybrid (Warrenville): Monday, September 18, 6:00–7:00pm
Presented by: Robert Eisner, MD, Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Leukemia is a broad term for cancers of the blood cells. It can seem overwhelming at first, but knowing what to expect may help you feel more at ease.




Medicare Made Easier — Parts A and B

Virtual: Monday, October 2, 6:00–7:00pm
Presented by: Candace McCarthy-King, Retired Executive Director, DuPage Federation of Human Services Reform
Once a year, Medicare gives its nearly 65 million beneficiaries a chance to step back, review their coverage and make any changes that will help them get the best out of the federal government’s health insurance program. Learn from an expert during this open enrollment season.


Cancer Treatment Without Chemotherapy

Hybrid (Warrenville): Monday, October 16, 6:00–7:00pm
Presented by: Dragana Tomic, MD, Northwestern Medicine Warrenville Cancer Center
What is hormone therapy? Hormone therapy (also called hormonal therapy, hormone treatment or endocrine therapy) slows or stops the growth of hormone-sensitive tumors. It does this by blocking your body’s ability to produce hormones or by interfering with effects of hormones on breast cancer cells. Learn how hormones can treat breast cancer.


I’ve Finished Cancer Treatment, Now What? Survivorship 101

Virtual discussion via Microsoft Teams, Monday, October 23, 6:30–7:45pm
Presented by: Christopher George, MD, Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Cancer treatment can require your full attention and energy for months or even years. After treatment, you may feel emotionally and physically drained, you may
even feel disoriented as you try to adjust to life after treatment. Join Dr. George as he talks about what to expect as a cancer survivor and how to work with your care team as you recover from treatment.


Smile! Dental Hygiene and Treatment

Hybrid (Geneva): Monday, October 30, 6:00–7:00pm
Presented by: John Mason, DDS; Mason, Faith & Hoscheit
Cancer treatments can have a wide-reaching effect on the body, including your mouth. If you have been diagnosed with any form of cancer, you’ll be glad to know there are steps you can take to protect your teeth and gums during treatment. No matter what kind of cancer you have, here’s what to expect at each stage of cancer treatment and how to safeguard your dental health.




Lung Cancer: Updates in the Detection and Treatment of America’s No. 1 Killer

Hybrid (Geneva): Monday, November 6, 6:00–7:00pm
Presented by: Avanthi Ragam, MD, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
Know the signs and symptoms of lung cancer. Find out how clinicians test for, diagnose and determine the stage of lung cancer.


Not One Disease, But Many: An Overview of Gastrointestinal Malignancies

Virtual: Monday, November 13, 6:00–7:00pm
Presented by: Yaseen Alkaddoumi, MD, Northwestern Medicine Orland Park Cancer Center
If you or a loved one have a gastrointestinal (GI) cancer, knowing what to expect can help you cope. Learn about GI cancers, including risk factors, symptoms, how it is found and how it is treated.


Management of Cancer Pain

Hybrid (Geneva): Monday, November 20, 6:00–7:00pm
Presented by: Laura Waldoch, APN, NP, Palliative Medicine, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
Understanding palliative care can help you navigate your pain management throughout a cancer journey. Learn more about the options available.


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