Survivorship Programs

Back-On-Track Surviving Survivorship Series


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Virtual discussion via Microsoft Teams

Missy Petty, LCPC, Lead Counselor, Northwestern Medicine Living Well Cancer Resources 

Open to patients and caregivers, this seven-week “Back-on-Track: Surviving Survivorship” series is designed to help you navigate common challenges as you transition into survivorship.
Topics include changes in relationships, managing expectations, addressing anxiety and depression, the “new normal,” fear of recurrence, how to partner with your care team, managing your health records, and envisioning a positive future. Attendance throughout the entire series is encouraged but not mandatory.



Fall Series: October 2nd – November 13th

October 2nd:   Pressure to Thrive

October 9th: Discussion Group

October 16th: Managing, Moods, Stress and Feeling Stuck

October 23rd: Survivorship101: Medical Discussion by Christopher George, MD

October 30th: Discussion Group

November 6th: Fear of Recurrence

November 13th: Envisioning Your Future


Being Well Nutrition Series


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Classes are hybrid; this means you can attend virtually or in person at Geneva. Classes are led by Living Well dietitians Nancy Zawicki, RD, LDN, MS; Mary Zupke, RD, LDN, MS, FAND; and the Northwestern Medicine Oncology Dietitian team.
Each class will also be available to watch live or to rewatch at a later time on our YouTube channel at

Classes in the Being Well series are designed to guide patients in early survivorship make positive choices and get back on track with their nutrition. Classes are a lecture format including a cooking demonstration.


Week 1 | September 13, 6:00-7:00pm
Moving Forward After a Cancer Diagnosis With Culinary Nutrition
Creating life balance through mind, body and spirit. Learn about good health strategies for keeping yourself healthy, active and eating well. Learn about the importance of a positive mind set, getting sleep and reducing stress.


Week 2 | September 20, 6:00-7:00pm
Mediterranean-Style of Eating
Learn how to eat the Mediterranean way! Learn what these recommendations are and how to incorporate more anti-oxidants, phytochemicals and anti-inflammatory foods using real foods instead of vitamin, mineral or herbal supplements.


Week 3 | September 27, 6:00-7:00pm
Eating Well for Survivorship — Maintaining a Healthy Weight
This class will cover how to improve your food habits and incorporate exercise to maintain a healthy weight. Learn about protein needs, whole grains and a balanced diet.


Week 4 | October 4, 6:00-7:00pm
Gut Health and the Microbiome
Learn about pre- and probiotic foods to help promote a healthy gut.


Week 5 | October 11, 6:00-7:00pm
Cooking for One or Two
Experience easy, flavorful recipes that make it easier to cook for one or two people.


Week 6 | October 18, 6:00-7:00pm
Culinary Completion — Hands-on Interactive Cooking
Celebrate the completion of this series with a hands-on interactive cooking class. Prepare a healthy recipe with other participants. This is an opportunity to share ideas and goals.

Back on Track: Exercise and Mindful Movement Following Cancer Treatment


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This three-week series designed to address exercise and movement after cancer treatment. The series is open to patients and caregivers who would like to start an exercise program or would like more guidance with their current exercise program.


Week 1: Overview of Exercise and Physical Activity Guidelines (lecture and discussion)

Geneva: September 14th, 6:30 – 7:45pm

Warrenville: November 2nd, 6:30 – 7:45pm


Week 2: Cardiovascular Training and Mindful Movements (lecture and seated stretching)

Geneva: September 21st, 6:30 – 7:45pm

Warrenville: November 9th, 6:30 – 7:45pm


Week 3: Strength Training and Exercise Demo (lecture and “learn by doing”)

Geneva: September 28th, 6:30 – 7:45pm

Warrenville: November 16th, 6:30 – 7:45pm


Scanxiety Drop In Group


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Virtual: First and Third Mondays of each month, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


This virtual drop-in group gives you an opportunity to process your anxiety. You can also learn strategies to help manage the stress that is commonly experienced while waiting for tests, scans or test results. We encourage you to join anytime you are experiencing “scanxiety.”

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