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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, March 13, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Monday, April 10, 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.

 

Aroma Therapy and Essential Oils
Wednesday, March 8, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Learn how aroma therapy can support your digestive health, emotional well-being and cancer journey. Presented by Thecla Rettberg, R.N., clinical aromatherapy practitioner/certified reflexologist and Pamela Riley-Valesh, R.N., certified clinical aromatherapy practitioner/certified reflexologist. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Medicaid and The Affordable Care Act Workshop
Tuesday, March 14, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Learn options that can help with maintaining health insurance. Find out if you are eligible and how to utilize Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. There will be time to start the application process. Presented by Rebecca Ness, MSW, LCSW, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Sleep 101
Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Studies show that as many as half of all cancer patients have trouble sleeping. Learn simple yoga techniques and lifestyle changes you can use at home to help improve your sleep. Presented by Pati Starzynski, long-time yoga instructor. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

MEDICAL UPDATE

NEW! Gynecological Cancer Update: Are you at Risk of Recurrence?
Monday, February 27, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Various markers are monitored to predict future cancer occurrences. Learn the implications of the CA125 tumor marker test and how to interpret the results. The steps of what to do if cancer returns will also be covered. Presented by Barbara Buttin, MD, Northwestern Medicine. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Anti-Depressants and Cancer
Thursday, March 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Feeling down and overwhelmed is a common response to cancer treatment. Learn when and how anti-depressants can be helpful during a cancer diagnosis. Presented by Georgina Srinivas Rao, MD, In Step Behavioral Health, S.C. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Do Animals Hold the Key To Unlocking Cancer Immunity in Humans?
Thursday, March 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Animals offer many interesting clues about cancer in humans. In his book, Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don’t: How Animals Could Hold the Key to Unlocking Cancer Immunity in Humans, Dr. Welsh explores the immune system in different species of animals and the way it responds to cancer. Presented by the President of the American College of Radiation Oncology, James Welsh, MD, MS, FACRO, Loyola University Health System. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Dying to Do Letterman
Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Laughter has been shown to decrease stress, stimulate your organs and soothe tension. Enjoy a laughter filled evening with Emmy Award winning comedian and author Steve Mazan. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! CANCER LEGAL RESOURCE CENTER

Three webinars will be shown, topics covered are listed below. Attendance at all three webinars is not required.

Disability Insurance
Tuesday, March 7, 6:00 – 6:30 pm

Discover the eligibility requirements and benefits available to people who are temporarily or permanently unable to work. 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:
March 18, Questions to Ask Your Oncologist – Presented by Alan Wan, DO, Northwestern Medicine
April 15, No Breakfast – LivingWell Closed

 

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, 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.