Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tues-Thu: 9am - 7pm
Friday: 9am - 3pm
Wildwood Presbyterian Church
18630 W. Old Gages Lake Rd.
Grayslake, IL 60030
Tuesday: 3pm - 7pm
The Cancer Wellness Center offers a variety of physician lectures and education & special events throughout the year. A new calendar of events is available every quarter.
Our Northbrook location is
Information about upcoming programs at our Northbrook location can be found in our calendar and on our program registration site. A new calendar is published quarterly, with new programs and events included in each edition.
ALL PROGRAMS REQUIRE REGISTRATION UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
Presenter: Lori Lovitz, DO, Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Insomnia and fatigue are common side effects of cancer treatment. Join Dr. Lovitz as she discusses some of the common reasons fatigue and insomnia develop following cancer treatment, and outlines strategies to help manage and decrease these side effects.
Presenter: Megan McMahon, PhD, Clinical Director of the Cancer Wellness Center
Changes in emotional and physical intimacy are a common occurrence for couples coping with cancer. These changes can disrupt emotional closeness, affecting the quality of partnered relationships. Join Dr. McMahon for an interactive discussion about coping with these changes and strategies to help promote emotional closeness in your relationship. This program is being held at NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center, 2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL.
Presenter: Donna McElhose, ATTC
Come experience the joy of Tai Chi Chih through this introductory workshop. T’ai Chi Chih is a meditative mindfulness practice that circulates and balances one’s energy (CHI). When used daily, this Body, Mind, Spirit practice may lead to benefits such as inner peace, increased energy, improved flexibility, coordination and balance. May be practiced standing or seated. There will be time for questions and answers and discussion. All levels welcome.
Presenters: Jane VanDeVelde, DNP, RN, Reiki Master Teacher, The Reiki Share Project with assistance from Laura Pryzby, RMT
Reiki is a complementary, holistic healing practice that gently supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Reiki can be used to enhance the effectiveness of any complementary or conventional treatment. The benefits of Reiki include relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief, improved sleep, mental clarity, and an enhanced sense of well-being. Practitioners connect recipients with reiki primarily through the use of hands either lightly on or above the body. Program will include a 10-minute reiki chair session for each participant.
Practitioner: Leigh Gilkey, LAc
This group acupuncture class is effective for stress reduction and can help relieve side effects associated with treatment. This program is intended for individuals who recently received a cancer diagnosis and/or are currently in treatment. Please call the Center at 847-509-9595 to register.
Presenter: Jacob Bitran, MD, FACP, FCCP; Division of Hematology/Oncology, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Please join Dr. Bitran as he presents an overview of the most up-to-date treatments for breast cancer and new findings in the area of breast cancer research. A question and answer session will be held at the end of the program..
Presenters: Richard Stern, MD, North Grove Internal Medicine, SC; Carl Jerome, North Shore Meditation and Dharma Center
Join us for our sixth annual men’s health day, a day dedicated to any man living with a cancer diagnosis. We will begin with a presentation from Dr. Stern focusing on the impact of stress and strategies for wellness for cancer survivors. Following lunch (provided), Carl Jerome will present on Peaceful Living Through Mindfulness. Time will be left at the end of the day for socializing.
Learn to overcome the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Workshop includes instruction in skin care and makeup application; a free makeup tool kit filled with cosmetics; and practical tips and instruction on wigs, head coverings and nail care. Program is co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the National Cosmetology Association.Space is limited, so register early. First time participants only.
Presenter: Ellie Wolf, MS, BCB; Fellow BCIA; Biofeedback Therapist: Hematology and Oncology of the Northshore, Raby Integrative Medicine & Center for Holistic Medicine
Biofeedback plays a major role in restoring or improving quality of life during treatment or post-treatment. One of the primary objectives in Biofeedback is the restoration of the autonomic nervous system’s self-regulation [ASR] which strengthens the immune system, helps manage pain, and aids treatment.
Presenter: NorthShore University HealthSystem Lymphedema Center Staff
Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of lymph in the arm or leg tissues, caused by the failure of the lymph system to transport lymph fluid. The condition presents as limb swelling. Lymphedema can develop after a surgical procedure, such as mastectomy or pelvic surgery. Radiation therapy to lymph node areas may also cause or increase lymphedema. This program will discuss the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system, the concept of lymphatic transport, lymphedema treatment strategies, and lymphedema risk reduction practices.
Presenter: Robert Campbell, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Joseph Campbell wrote about the history of religion, and often focused on the narrative arc of our lives. This program will relate the human journey, some common spiritual/religious understandings, and the experience of a cancer diagnosis. New understandings from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) will be introduced to aide in personal growth.
Presenter: Katie Salyer, PsyD
This class will provide helpful tips and tools for adjusting to the demands of a new diagnosis while getting the most out of your medical appointments..
Presenter: Priscilla Andrews, MA, LCPC
Finishing treatment is a much-anticipated event that is normally accompanied by a period of adjustments - whether they are physical, mental or emotional. Join us as we discuss the common concerns that arise when treatment has ended and strategies for coping with the transition to being post-treatment. Open to both survivors and their loved ones.
Practitioner: Leigh Gilkey, LAc
This group acupuncture class is effective for stress reduction and can help relieve side effects associated with survivorship. This program is intended for individuals who completed cancer treatment within the past 2 years. Please call the Center at 847-509-9595 to register.
Presenter: Katie Salyer, PsyD
The holiday season can be difficult with additional amounts of stress. This class will explain how stress is actually beneficial in the body while identifying when good stress goes bad. Participants will learn ways to neutralize the negative effects of stress and survive the holidays more happily and healthfully
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