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Please, make yourself at home

We want you and your family to feel at home so we've created an atmosphere designed to bring you comfort - from our healing garden to your choice of treatment settings including private, semi-private or group treatment rooms. You can listen to your favorite music or catch up on your list of movies while receiving treatment. 

Look for our new Cancer Center Culinary Service!  Between 11a.m. - 1p.m., you can order and pay (using your Visa or MasterCard) for your cafeteria meals over the phone. Our volunteers will pick it up and deliver it to you in the Cancer Center treatment area. 

View our support group calendars. Class descriptions are below. Note: If you are having difficulty opening calendars, download the latest free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

View our October - November- December 2014 Calendar

View our 2014 Support Groups flyer

Please, make yourself at home

Support Groups and Programs

We've designed the largest support program of any cancer program in the area. Our cancer team includes three Licensed Clinical Social Workers who are available to focus on your needs as a cancer patient. Our Breast Program Navigator is an Advanced Practice Nurse who supports breast cancer patients from diagnosis through recovery.  

Our psychosocial programs are an important part of helping you cope. Meet other people who are experiencing similar emotions. Express yourself in one of our groups and programs, or learn new relaxation techniques.

For more information about any of the programs listed below, please call Licensed Clinical Social Workers Linda Conlin (630-646-6054), Sharon Kelleher (630-646-6111), or Deborah Hartman (815-731-3434). 

American Cancer Society Wig Boutique - Plainfield
Losing your hair is hard; finding a free wig isn't. Brand new wigs are offered at no charge to patients whose insurance does not cover a cranial prosthesis. An American Cancer Society-trained volunteer will help you choose the "right look" from multiple styles and colors available. Call the American Cancer Society at (630) 932-1151, option 3, to schedule your personal appointment at Edward Cancer Center in Plainfield. click here for our flyer

Back on Track
This eight-week exercise class is designed to work with the treatment and management of cancer by enhancing aerobic capacity, muscular strength and flexibility. Individuals progress at their own pace. Offered at Edward Health & Fitness Center in Naperville. The fee for an 8-week session is $32 for members of EHFC and $77 for non-members. A support person may attend at a reduced fee ($16 for members/ $39 for non-members). A physician's recommendation is required. To register, or for more information, call 630-646-5917 (Naperville).

Brain Tumor Support for Patients, Survivors and Caregivers
This networking group allows patients and caregivers the opportunity to meet with others with similar concerns and share ways of coping. This group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month, 3:30-5:00 PM in the First Floor Conference Room. click for more info

Breast Cancer Support Group - Naperville 
This networking and support group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room.

Breast Cancer Wellness Rehabilitation Class - Naperville

*Beginning in January 2015 we will be changing the class days and time to once a month on the 2nd Monday of the month from 4:30-5:30pm at the Cancer Center.

An Edward Occupational Therapist will discuss post-surgery concerns, exercises to improve range-of-motion, and lymphedema signs, symptoms and treatment. This class is held on the 1st and 3rd Monday, from 1-2:00 PM, in the first floor conference room. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Please call Edward Class Registration, 630-527-6363. click here for our flyer

Breast & Gynecological Cancer Networking and Support Group - Naperville 
Meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. in the first floor lobby.

Camp Hope
The Edward Cancer Center is proud to offer Camp Hope, a week-long summer day camp for children, ages 6 - 12, whose parent or loved one is living with cancer. Camp Hope campers join Kamp Fit-to-Go at Edward Health & Fitness Center at Seven Bridges in Woodridge, and attend special breakout sessions each day. In 2014, Camp Hope will be held the weeks of June 16 and August 4.  SPACE IS LIMITED AND REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED,beginning in April. Call Edward Class Registration, 630-527-6363.  For more information, call our Social Workers at (630) 646-5064 or (630) 646-6111.

Cancer-Fighting Cuisine
This four-week series includes a 30-minute presentation by Doreen Berard, RD, LDN, Wellness/Oncology Dietitian, and an hour-long cooking demonstration and sampling.  This program is held twice annually in the Edward Heart Hospital Conference Room in Naperville, on the following dates in 2014: April 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 10 - 11:30 AM, and September 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  PLEASE CALL EDWARD CLASS REGISTRATION at 630-527-6363.

Cancer and Post-Surgery Support Group - Naperville
A general support group is offered the third Wednesday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. at Edward Cancer Center in the first floor lobby. This group meets at the same time as the Caregiver Support Group.

Caregiver Support Group - Naperville
For caregivers, family members, spouses, and people who support cancer survivors and surgical patients. This separate group meets the third Wednesday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. at Edward Cancer Center in the first floor lobby. This group is offered at the same time as the Cancer and Post-Surgical Support Group.

Healing Sound Meditation - Naperville
A Vibrational Energy practitioner uses "singing bowls" to promote deep relaxation.  Meditation helps to focus attention, relax the body, and calm the mind. This group meets the 1st and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the first floor lobby.

Imerman Angels
Edward Cancer Center has partnered with Imerman Angels, a not-for-profit organization that connects a person fighting cancer today with a survivor of the same type of cancer. This one-on-one relationship provides the "cancer-fighter" the opportunity to ask personal questions and receive encouragement from someone who is uniquely familiar with the situation.Imerman Angels also connects caregivers to other caregivers who can relate to and understand their situation.

To get connected, visit: IMERMANANGELS.ORG, and click on the "Request Support" link (or call 877-274-5529). Their goal is to complete your match within two business days. All of the services that Imerman Angels provide are 100% free.

Ladies Specialty Boutiques 
Many of these boutiques offer personal services by appointment, so please call in advance to set up an appointment time. click here for more info.

Look Good...Feel Better - Naperville and Plainfield 
Look Good...Feel Better is designed for women who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer. American Cancer Society-trained cosmetologists present makeup techniques, skin and nail care, and options related to hair loss such as wigs, hats, scarves, and other accessories.             click here for the flyer.
- Naperville - Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., in the second floor conference room. (Call 630-646-6111 to register);
- Plainfield - Meets on the second Monday of each month, 3 to 5 p.m., in Conference Room A. (Call 815-731-3434 to register). click here for the flyer

Mindful Yoga - Naperville 
Mindful Yoga promotes relaxation through breath work and increases flexibility.  Poses are modified to adapt to all levels of experience and limitations.  Mats, blocks, straps and blankets are provided.  Meets every Thursday (except holidays) from 6 to 7 p.m. in the first floor lobby.

Nutrition Consultations 
Are you doing all you can nutrition-wise to maintain strength throughout your treatments to allow for optimal healing? Are you having difficulty with side effects of treatment? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with out dietitian Doreen Bernard, RD, LDN, Wellness/Oncology Dietitian, by calling 630-646-6840.

Patient Library and other resources
Books, CDs, videos, and other educational materials are available to patients and their families. The Resource Library is located off the first floor lobby of the Cancer Center in Naperville and Plainfield.

Special Programs 

* NEW * Breast Cancer Survivorship Seminar --- This is a new seminar at the Edward Cancer Center intended for patients who have received any type of breast cancer treatment. Join us in Naperville on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM in the 1st floor lobby for a presentation on several breast cancer topics, followed by a 30-minute restorative exercise session. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Call Edward Class Registration at 630-527-6363. For more information, call Jill Wozny, APN, Breast Program Navigator (630) 527-5365.  click here for our flyer

* NEW * Gentle Exercise Class - Thursday October 2, 9, 16 & 23, 11am-noon --- This is a new class at the Edward Cancer Center in Plainfield. The class is designed to work with individuals who are receiving treatment or have had surgery and are not yet able to do cardio exercises. The programs is led by Kay Howard, a certified cancer exercise specialist and certified yoga teacher. All movements can be modified to suit individual needs and limitations. Join us in Plainfield on Thursday mornings in October, from 11:00 AM to noon, in the 1st floor conference room. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please call one of the Social Workers to register : Deborah Hartman (815-731-3434), Linda Conlin (630-646-5064), or Sharon Kelleher (630-646-6111). click here for our flyer

* NEW * Guest Speaker - Coping & Support for the Patient & Family - Wed, Oct 15, 7:00-8:30PM. --We are please to present Jan Litvene (ASCW, LSCW) to present information on many important topics for patients and their family. Jan will lead conversation on the difference between being "in battle with" or "in partnership with" illness, strengths that you can use to survive, accept, and tolerate illness, and much, much more. This interactive presentation will take place at the regularly scheduled Cancer / Post-Surgery / Caregiver Support Group meeting in Naperville, Oct 15. Everyone is wecome to attend and no registration required. click here for our flyer

A Reason to Dance --- Oriental dance, commonly known as Belly Dance, is a beautiful art form, rich in music, feeling and spirit.  It is a dance of healing and sisterhood.  Join us in Naperville for an evening of music, dance and laughter from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Second Floor Conference Room on the following dates: Monday, August 18 and  Monday, November 3. Please call one of the Social Workers to register.  click here for our flyer

Vision Board Workshop -- Vision Boards are tools to help you stay focused on specific goals.  At this workshop, you will create a board with images that inspire you or represent what you would like to accomplish or become.  Place the board where you will be able to see it every day, and let it be a reminder of your intensions for the upcoming year.  “Artistic” abilities are not required for this experience.  This workshop will be held Monday, January 13, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the Second Floor Conference Room.  Please call one of the Social Workers to register. Click here for our flyer 

7-Week Meditation Series: Navigating the Chakra System Using gentle yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditations and other practices, we will navigate the chakra system, an intricate psychological map to the body, mind and spirit.  Please wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid a heavy meal just prior to practicing.  This workshop will be held on the following Wednesdays, from 7-8:30 PM, in the first floor lobby: February 26, March 12, March 26, April 9, April 23, May 7 and May 2. Please call one of the Social Workers to register. Click here for our flyer

Beginners Kayak ReTreat -- This meditative experience on the Fox River in Batavia will be held on Saturday, June 7.  Time on the water will be spent mostly in silence, in journaling and reflection.  Kayaks and all equipment will be provided. No kayaking experience is needed.  Space is limited, and registration begins in May.  Please call one of the Social Workers to register.

Drumming Circle - Naperville
Join us and experience the healing sound of the drum, which offers the opportunity for deep healing, relief from anxiety and stress. Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.  click here for our flyer

 Other special program will be offered during the year. Please check for flyers in the Cancer Center, or call the Social Workers for more information. 


Other support services include:

Personal, Secure Web Pages for patients to keep in-touch
Edward Cancer Center patients can access services including CarePages and CaringBridge: private web pages that help them stay connected with friends and family before, during, and after treatment. Learn more.

Animal-assisted therapy
Specially trained dogs and their handlers visit eligible patients to reduce stress during treatment. Call (630) 527-7335 for more information or visit edward.org/animalassistedtherapy.  

Healing arts
Musicians and a rotating art gallery create a relaxing environment for patients and families. Call (630) 527-3343 for more information or visit edward.org/healingarts.

Click here for a current listing of our health and wellness classes at edward.org/classes.



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