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Information & Education

Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted.

LECTURES, WORKSHOPS & FEATURE PROGRAMS

LivingWell Tours

LivingWell exists to provide compassionate care that empowers, encourages, supports and provides hope to cancer patients and their families. Stop in any day and time we are open; we will be happy to provide you with a tour.

 

American Cancer Society Wig Boutique

LivingWell partners with the American Cancer Society to provide free wigs to cancer patients experiencing hair loss as a result of treatment. No appointment is required. Appointments with a professional stylist are available upon request. Please call 630.262.1111.

 

Geneva Look Good…Feel Better®
Monday, June 12, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Monday, July 10, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
August 14, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Learn how to use wigs, scarves, hats, and other accessories after hair loss. Education on nail care and a 12-step skin care and makeup program will be shared. This program is offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society and includes a complimentary cosmetic kit provided by the American Cancer Society. Additional Look Good Feel Better Programs are available in Warrenville and DeKalb; Call 630.262.1111 to register. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Music Therapy
Tuesday, July 11, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Learn the benefits of music therapy and how it can help support you through cancer with stress, sleep, pain and other symptoms. This presentation will be informational and experiential. Presented by Stephanie Kleba, Music Therapist, MT-BC, NICU-MT, NMT, Expressive Healthcare Solutions, Inc. Call 630.262.1111 to register. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Reflexology with Essential Oils
Wednesday, August 30, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Learn the science behind reflexology (the application of localized pressure on the hands and feet) and how essential oils enhance this ancient technique. Presented by Thecla Rettberg, RN, Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner/Certified Reflexologist and Pamela Riley-Valesh, RN, Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner/Certified Reflexologist. Call 630.262.1111 to register. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

MEDICAL UPDATE

NEW! Living with Multiple Myeloma
Monday, June 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Enjoy dinner as you learn about multiple myeloma. Topics include an overview of the disease, new treatment options and what you can do after a diagnosis. Presented by Toni Klatt-Ellis, APRN, MN, AOCN, Takeda Oncology. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Breast Reconstruction and Revision Options
Thursday, June 22, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Learn what your reconstruction options are after breast cancer. Topics of discussion include implant options, a brief overview of what most insurances will cover and what you can do if you are not satisfied with the reconstruction you received. This interactive class will include plenty of time for questions. Presented by Lauren Hewell Fischer, MD, Todd S. Hewell, III, MD, Lauren Hewell Fischer, MD, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Living with Pancreatic Cancer
Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Learn about pancreatic cancer, treatment options and how to manage it in early and late stages from Dr. Small, a Radiation Oncologist who is the Professor and Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Loyola University and Dr. Dhanarajan, who is the Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Section of Medical Oncology Loyola University. There will be time for questions. Presented by William Small Jr., MD, FACRO, FACR, FASTRO, Loyola University and Asha Dhanarajan, MD, Loyola University. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Regaining Health After Breast Cancer
Thursday, June 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Learn what you can do to help alleviate lymphedema and regain mobility, strength and energy after breast cancer. Linda was elected to the Lymphology Association of North America’s Board of Directors in 2000. She has taught internationally on lymphatic disorders and is currently creating standards for rehabilitation after breast cancer. Presented by Linda Roherty, PT, CLT-LANA, Advocate Sherman Health. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Advanced Care Planning
Thursday, July 13, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

A medical crisis is often unpredictable and it is important that your family understands the care you would like to receive if they need to make decisions for you. This presentation will equip you with the tools you need to ensure your wishes are carried out. Presented by Molly Trainor, LCSW, LivingWell. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Vaginal Dryness and Painful Intercourse
Tuesday, August 1, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Many breast and gynecological cancer survivors suffer from vaginal dryness and reduction of vaginal elasticity. New quick, non-hormonal treatments such as Mona Lisa Touch are available and provide immediate and durable relief for many symptoms. Vaginal dryness, burning, itching, painful intercourse or urination, laxity (feeling of looseness), mild incontinence and lichen sclerosus will be discussed. Presented by John Christensen, MD, Illinois Urological Institute. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Advances in Cancer Therapy
Thursday, August 10, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Do you wish you had a better understanding of cancer treatment? Back by popular demand, Dr. Bayer, board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology, will share his 24 years of experience. He will discuss a brief history of cancer, clinical research, chemotherapy (adjuvant, palliative and maintenance), modern cancer surgery, radiation therapy and immunotherapies. Presented by Robert A. Bayer, MD, Northwestern Medicine. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

MANAGING THE EMOTIONAL SIDE EFFECTS OF CANCER

 

NEW! Grief 101
Thursday, June 1, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Spend an evening learning about grief and dispelling common myths about grief and loss to better help you navigate your grief experience. You will learn ways to ask for support from loved ones and learn ways to help support someone along their grief journey. Presented by Christine McMinn, LCPC, LivingWell. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Managing Emotions Surrounding Medical Appointments
Thursday, June 8, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Preparing for follow-up tests and doctor appointments can evoke a range of emotions including fear and anxiety. Learn ways to help manage pre-appointment stress, strategies to keep your fear under control and ways to approach communicating with your providers. Presented by Christine McMinn, LCPC, LivingWell. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

The Emotional Rollercoaster of Cancer
Mondays, August 7, 14 and 21, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Cancer can be an isolating and complicated experience. Different cancer topics will be covered each week. Presented by Kelley Navar, LCPC, LivingWell. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

August 7 – Managing anger and frustration
August 14 – Coping with stress and worries
August 21 – Feelings of isolation and depression

 

NEW! Cancer and Loss
Thursday, August 24, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

When you or someone you love is given a cancer diagnosis, your whole world changes. It is common to experience a significant amount of grief and loss over life as you knew it. Spend an evening talking about how grief applies to a cancer diagnosis, common losses, individual experiences and how to continue living your life around your grief. Presented by Christine McMinn LCPC, LivingWell. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

PROGRAMS FOR MEN

Men’s Breakfast
Third Saturday of every month, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Enjoy a hot breakfast and guest speaker on different topics each month. Share information, stories, and discuss current events with other men impacted by cancer. Come discover new information and camaraderie in this community for men.

Topics:
May 20 – No breakfast, LivingWell Closed
June 17 – Heart Health After Cancer, Presented by Andrew Rauh, MD, FACC, DuPage Medical Group
July 15 – Managing Digital Assets, Presented by Karen Mills, Associate Attorney, Strohschein Law Group, LLC
August 19 – The Science Behind Reflexology, Presented by Thecla Rettberg, RN, Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner/Certified Reflexologist and Pamela Riley-Valesh, RN, Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner/Certified Reflexologist.

 

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group
Third Tuesday of every month, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

LivingWell is proud to partner with Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Presence Mercy Medical Center, and Oncology Chaplain Pastor Don Shank, to bring US TOO to our center. Group meetings provide unbiased information from experts in areas related to prostate cancer including treatment options, pain control, nutrition, mental health, coping strategies and more. Drop in! No registration is required.

 

Men’s Fitness & Stretch
Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Men will use hand-held weights and medicine balls for strength training. In addition, the class will work on core strength, offer balance challenges and will conclude with an overall body stretch.

 

Men’s Networking Group
Fourth Wednesday of each month, through April, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Connect with other men in this monthly group, facilitated by David Fish, MSW-SL, Northwestern Medicine. David has over 20 years clinical social work experience.