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.
Presenters: Colleen Takagishi, RD, CSO, LDN
Cancer and cancer treatments can sometimes affect your ability to eat your normal diet. You may experience diminished appetite or taste changes making eating more challenging. Learn how to manage these and other common symptoms.
Presenter: Robert Campbell, PsyD
Non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatments can be an important part of care for a patient with a cancer diagnosis and their families. Come hear Dr. Bob Campbell discuss some of the latest research about mindfulness, hypnosis, acupuncture, exercise, yoga, massage, and other complementary and alternative treatments. He will discuss which interventions are best for different side effects and which have been shown most effective.
Practitioner: Harry Nozicka, LCSW, Certified by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
This program will focus on techniques that can shift moods and feelings from negative to positive. It will be based on some of the concepts of Neurolinguistic Programming which has been incorporated into the use of hypnosis.
Presenter: Erin Baurle, PsyD
Research shows that cancer diagnosis and recurrence can be considered a traumatic event. In certain cases, this trauma may lead to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Join us to discuss how this phenomenon applies to the cancer experience and to learn tools for transforming trauma and fostering personal growth.
Presenter: Marian McNair of Cellular Harmonies and Deborah Kronenberger, MA, LCPC
Spend the morning de-stressing with gentle yoga appropriate for all levels of fitness. Following yoga, relax with the healing vibration of crystal bowls. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Presenters: Jane VanDeVelde, DNP, RN, Reiki Master Teacher, The Reiki Share Project with assistance from Laura Pryzby, RMT
Learn to overcome the appearancerelated 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: Linda Rockwell, MPA, Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center
An advance directive can be a gift to family and friends who might otherwise struggle with decisions due to not knowing what their loved one would have wanted. By completing an advance directive, you create a legal document which expresses your healthcare preferences, particularly surrounding end-of-life care. This session will help you understand the commonalities and differences among the various types of advance directives, e.g. Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Living Will and Five Wishes. In addition, you will learn the benefits of completing advance directives and the potential consequences of avoiding the issue.
Presenters: Krysta Butkus, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Oncology Dietitian; Judith Hallisey, Executive Chef & Director of Menu and Program Development
This program will provide attendees with useful tips to assist with their personal weight management goals. Strategies will include mindful eating and portion control. In addition, attendees will experience a food demonstration illustrating how to incorporate super foods into your diet, with an option to try the recipes. This presentation experience will leave attendees empowered and excited about their health!
Presenter: Harry Nozicka, LCSW, Certified by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
This program will show that everyone already has the skills necessary to put themselves in hypnosis or a trance state. Program will include a demonstration and tips on how to use self-hypnosis in your everyday life.
Presenter: Feliza Castro, Founder & Owner of The Healing Clinic
Join Feliza Castro, Principal Advocate at The Healing Clinic, as she discusses the history of medical cannabis in the U.S., the current laws, and patient rights. Participants will learn how to talk to their physicians about medical cannabis and whether the use of medical cannabis is right for them. The presentation will include medical research findings, case studies, and real patient testimonies and experiences.
Presenter: Marian Kraus, Gong Sound Healing
meditative journey through the use of three large gongs, tuning forks and several Himalayan singing bowls. Following a brief description and history of the gong, and an explanation of what drives Marian’s sound immersions and his intentions, participants will be provided with a gateway to meditate with the vibrations and harmonics of the instruments within the safe, energetic and relaxing sonic backdrop they provide. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, pillow and / or blanket.
Presenter: Amina Ahmed, MD, MS, Board Certified Oncology-Gynecologist, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Please join Dr. Ahmed as she shares her expertise on the most up-to-date information on the signs and symptoms, and advances in treatment of ovarian cancer. The program will also include a question and answer session at the end.
Presenter: Kimberly Matthews, MA, LCPC
Join us for a brief discussion and guided imagery, followed by a sensory/nature meditation walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Lake Cook Road. Meeting place will be given following registration. Non-garden member parking fee is $25.
Rena Zaid, MS, LAc, Dipl Ac, Dipl CH
Acupuncture is an ancient practice with many contemporary applications. It is a foundational part of traditional Chinese medicine, and involves inserting thin needles into points on the body to unblock or enhance energy (known as Qi) in order to balance the body and stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. Studies support the use of acupuncture for the treatment of cancer related pain, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes, insomnia, vomiting, anxiety, depression, neuropathy and dry mouth. The presentation will include time for Q &A as well as a brief ear acupuncture treatment for interested participants.
The Cancer Wellness Center is proud to partner with Life Matters Media to offer this year-long series. Each program will address one aspect of the end-of-life journey. All four programs are open to the general public.
Learn about the Center's Wellness programs. Click here.