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: Deborah Kronenberger, LCPC, Marian McNair of Cellular Harmonies, and Kimberly Matthews, MA, LCPC
Using yoga, guided imagery, sound and vibrational healing, journaling and discussion, caregivers will spend the day practicing a variety of relaxation techniques. No experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a bag lunch. Please seek physician consent before participating in this program.
Presenter: Devin Lincenberg, MA, Clinical Extern
Surviving with cancer, being a caregiver, and life in general often results in living in a constant state of stress. This class will include a lecture on the neuroscience behind mindfulness and will introduce simple mindfulness techniques to help participants build skills for living peacefully.
Presenters: Tammy Tomich, PTA
Off the couch & ON YOUR FEET! educates attendees on the benefits and importance of physical exercise both during and post treatment. This interaction presentation also provides attendees with guidelines for a personalized exercise program, aimed at a 1 mile or 5K walk. Then join us on May 3, 2015 for the 11th annual Cancer Wellness Center spring walk!
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.
Presenter: Louise Dimiceli-Mitran, MA, MT-BC, LCPC, FAMI
The use of music helps reduce anxiety and lower the perception of pain. Learn how to choose and use recorded music to promote relaxation, restful sleep and lower stress during medical procedures. A live music experience with guided imagery will be provided.
Presenter: Jonny Imerman, Founder of Imerman Angels
Join Jonny Imerman, dynamic founder of Imerman Angels, for an evening of great energy, laughter and storytelling. Jonny will speak candidly about his own cancer experience and the story behind the founding of Imerman Angels. Learn why the power of connection is so important to those healing from a cancer diagnosis. Q&A with Jonny will follow.
Presenter: Priscilla Andrews, MA, LCPC
Join us for this 6-session program that will provide guidance to help you establish healthy lifestyle behaviors or enhance ones you do already. Participants will have an opportunity to identify an area of wellbeing they would like to change, develop a plan of action and monitor their progress as they work toward their goal. This program is a series. For optimal benefit, participants should commit to attending all 6 sessions.
Presenter: Erin Baurle, PsyD
Many cancer survivors experience cloudy thinking and memory difficulty before, during and after cancer treatment. These cognitive changes are collectively known as “chemo brain”. This program will educate participants on what chemo brain is and will provide practical tools for coping with changes in memory, concentration and mental efficiency.
Presenter: Zoe Rose Wolf, RYT and Rebecca Kaghan, RYT
Cutting-edge science affirms what Yogis have been saying for centuries: It’s possible to modify the neural pathways of pain and actually change the brain through Yoga. In this 2-hour workshop, we will look at the latest research and we will learn the specific breathing, movement and mindfulness techniques which have been shown to be useful in the management of persistent pain.
Presenter: Robert Campbell, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Anxiety, fatigue, and pain often accompany a cancer diagnosis or are side effects of treatment. This class is a gentle introduction to the use of self- hypnosis for relaxation and pain reduction. The class will include an explanation of how to begin self-hypnosis, and instructions for creating your own guided imagery.
Presenter: Marian McNair of Cellular Harmonies
Sound healing is an ancient practice that has been offered by many cultures around the world. In this class a vibrational environment created by the pure sounds of the crystal bowls and Marian’s voice will help reduce stress, promote deep relaxation and support the natural healing process. Participants relax on a mat on the floor using blanket and bolster supports while in the midst of a peaceful, nurturing environment. Please note: This is not a series. You must register for each date separately.
Presenter: Bruce Brockstein, MD, and Britt Hanson, DO
Join Drs. Brockstein and Hanson as they discuss the risk factors for melanoma and other skin cancers, the role of screening and early detection programs and the role of sunscreens. They will review the treatment standards for melanoma and will discuss the new and very effective molecularly targeted therapies and immunotherapy for melanoma.
Michele Newby, RN,BSN,CHPN,OCN and Erin Baurle, PsyD
Communication is the key to any successful relationship. The stress surrounding a cancer diagnosis can impair communication skills. The presenters will share what is most helpful to know from the perspective of your medical team and will teach skills to communicate questions and needs effectively.
Presenter: Jen Haughey, Clinical Extern
After cancer, people often experience a period of personal growth and change. This can be accompanied by a period of psychological unrest where they are re-evaluating their values. In this program, we will help cancer survivors clarify new and developing values and set and implement goals that will support what they have identified.
Joseph L. Feldman, MD, CLT- LANA, North Shore University Health System and Staff
Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid in the arm or leg tissues, caused by the failure of the lymph system to transport the lymph fluid. This condition presents as limb swelling. Lymphedema can present after various treatments for cancer. Dr. Feldman and his lymphedema therapist will introduce participants to the lymph system, lymphedema treatments and risk reduction practices to prevent flair up.
Presenter: Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Ozarowski, BCC
Have you ever wondered what Judaism has to say to those of us who struggle with chronic illness such as cancer? Please join Rabbi Joe Ozarowski, Rabbinic Counselor and Chaplain at Jewish Child and Family Services as we look at some classic Jewish texts, explore Jewish spirituality at times of illness, as well as discuss our own experiences. This program is co-sponsored by CWC and Jewish Healing Network of Chicago at JCFS.
Presenter: Kimberly Matthews, MA, LCPC
Research demonstrates that outdoor exercise, such as hiking, offers health and well-being benefits. Join us at Heller Nature Center, 636 Ridge Road, Highland Park for a nature meditation followed by a two mile hike. Meet outside the Nature Center entrance by 10:00 – promptness is important. Please wear comfortable hiking or running shoes, bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. The hiking terrain will not be paved and we may encounter irregular surface paths – all part of the beauty and joy of the hike! The Heller hiking trail offers the opportunity to return to the Nature Center parking lot after 1 mile, if you would prefer to shorten your hike. Hike will be cancelled in the event of rain.
Presenters: Carol A. Rosenberg, MD, FACP, Director, Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Erin Baurle, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Deborah Kronenberger, MA, LCPC, Wellness Program Coordinator, Cancer Wellness Center, Linda Sizemore, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
The LIFE Program and the Cancer Wellness Center present an “Evening of Survivorship.” The evening will include lectures, interactive discussions and demonstrations. Survivorship topics include “Cognitive Dysfunction: Is it Chemobrain?” “Food Facts & Myths for Survivors,” “Reestablishing Sexual Intimacy,” “Stress Reduction Techniques” and “Healthy Thinking for Peaceful Living.” Breakout sessions include:
Cognitive Dysfunction: Is it Chemobrain? Presenter - Dr. Carol Rosenberg. Lecture on chemobrain and ways to cope.
Food Facts & Myths for Survivors: Presenter - Dr. Carol Rosenberg. Lecture separating fact from fiction regarding the healthful nutritional components for the diet of cancer survivors.
Healthy Thinking for Peaceful Living: Presenter – Erin Baurle, PsyD. Interactive discussion about anxious thoughts and feelings following cancer treatment and the experience of refocusing one’s life while in survivorship.
Reestablishing Intimacy: Presenters - Linda Sizemore. Lecture for men and women on the tools and language that can help with the process of reestablishing intimacy following a cancer diagnosis and/or treatment.
Stress Reduction Techniques: Presenter - Debby Kronenberger, MA, LCPC. Presentation on stress reduction methods with an experiential portion to the session.
Presenters: Chicago News Personalty and Co-Founder of Life Matters Media, Randi Bellisomo, Mary Mulcahey, MD, Co-Founder of Life Matters Media, Paul Hutchison, MD, MA
Join Drs. Hutchison and Mulcahey and WGN’s Randi Bellisomo for the second program of this series. This program will include information to empower attendees to spell out and safeguard care preferences in the form of an advance directive. They will also help audience members consider the best proxy-decision maker for their care decisions, as well as how to complete, legalize and store their own care directive.
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