Support services

Treating cancer is a group effort, which is why Edward-Elmhurst Health offers a variety of support services to help you through your cancer journey. Our support services include:

  • Complementary therapies
  • Financial counseling
  • Nutrition services
  • Palliative care
  • Social workers
Edward Cancer Center:
Linda Conlin – 630-646-6054
Sharon Kelleher – 630-646-6111
Deborah Hartman -  630-646-6147
Aaron Polsky – 630-646-6027
Plainfield Cancer Center Social Worker - 815-731-3434
Elmhurst Nancy W. Knowles Cancer Center:  
Lisa Marcus – 331-221-2171

No matter if you’ve been recently diagnosed or if you’re in the middle of treatment, Edward-Elmhurst is here for you every step of the way.

Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies are used with conventional medicine (not in place of it) and are part of our holistic approach to patient wellness.

We offer the most cancer support programs and complementary therapies than any cancer center in the region. We even offer programs for caregivers and children of cancer patients. We also offer two American Cancer Society wig boutiques designed to help restore dignity and help you look good...and feel better.

Support groups

Breast and Gynecological Cancer Networking and Support Group - Naperville

This support group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6 - 7:00 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Edward Cancer Center.

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.

  • Naperville – classes held on the second Tuesday of each month, February through December, from 6 - 8 p.m. at 120 Spalding Drive, Suite 111, Conference Room 2.
  • Plainfield – classes held on the second Monday of each month, February through December, from 3 - 5 p.m. at 24600 West 127th Street, Conference Room A.

To register for either class, please call Deborah Hartman at 630-646-6147.

EDWARD CANCER CENTER 2017 support groups & services

Wellness classes and seminars

MammaCare - Elmhurst

Learn a new way to perform breast self-exam, taught by a certified instructor who will help you detect a lump or potential abnormality earlier than you thought possible. Register online.

Wellness House

Located in Hinsdale, Wellness House offers ongoing programs that help you cope with a cancer diagnosis and live life to its fullest. Whether you want to connect socially with others or gain knowledge about living with cancer, Wellness House offers several programs for you and your family members.

Breast Cancer Wellness Rehabilitation Class - Naperville

An 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 second Monday of each month (except holidays), from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., in the first floor Conference Room at the Edward Cancer Center 
in Naperville.

Registration is required. Please call Edward Class Registration at 630-527-6363.

Breast Cancer Survivorship Seminar: Transitioning from cancer patient to survivor - Naperville

This program, held on Tuesday, April 25 and Tuesday, October 24, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Edward Cancer Center, will address recurrence risk and reporting symptoms, nutrition and exercise, depression, anxiety and much more. 

Please call the class registration line at 630-527-6363 to register.

Why Weight? Weight Loss/Healthy Nutrition Class for Breast Cancer Survivors - Naperville

This is a 12-week weight loss/healthy nutrition class for breast cancer survivors, led by a dietitian. Guest speakers will address exercise, mindful eating, meditation, sleep and behavior. 

The class  will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., with a private weigh-in from 5:30 - 5:45 p.m., at Edward Cancer Center, 2nd floor conference room, Suite 206 in Naperville, on the following dates:

March 1, 2017 - May 24, 2017 (no class on March 29)
OR
Sept. 6, 2017 - Nov. 29, 2017 (no class on Nov. 22)

All participants must have completed their active chemotherapy treatment and must provide a written referral from their oncologist.

Please call Doreen Berard, RD, LDN at 630-527-5452 (by Feb. 29, 2016) to register or for questions.

Healing Touch – Naperville - appointment required

Healing Touch is a compassionate energy therapy that works to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health using light touch.   Healing Touch is offered in Naperville on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, February through December, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  

To schedule your 1-hour personal appointment, please call Kathy, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, at 630-292-9116.

Deep Hypnosis Groups – Naperville – 4th Saturday of each month, January through November

Presented by Dr. C. Scot Giles, a Board Certified Diplomate with the National Guild of Hypnotists, this program is built on the findings of Dr. Bernie Siegel, M.D., the author of best-selling books on Mind/Body Medicine. The topics and hypnotism will be different each month.  

This monthly group meets on the 4th Saturday of each month, January through November, from 10 AM–12:00 Noon, in Naperville, in Conference Room 2.  Registration required: please call Deborah Hartman at 630-646-6147 with questions and to register.

Art Therapy for Stress Reduction – Four Wednesdays: February 15, March 15, April 19, and May 17; 6:30-8:00 PM

Experience art materials in a new way while taking time to explore your creative side.  Making art has many benefits for the mind and can be helpful in reducing stress.  This 4-session group led by an Art Therapist is designed for both artists and those who are nervous about putting a pencil to paper.  Leave your coloring books at home and connect with others while learning how creating art can improve your sense of well-being. Registration is requested; please call Social Workers with questions and to register.

Music Therapy for Relaxation and Pain Management – Four Wednesdays: July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 18; 6:30-8:00 PM

Music can be used to both energize us and put us to sleep.  Music moves us to dance and moves us to tears.  Learn more about how music impacts our emotions and energy level while experiencing its ability to reduce pain and promote relaxation.  Participants in this 4-session group will become more informed about how to select music to receive its benefits on their own.  The group, led by a Music Therapist, will also incorporate opportunities to make and listen to music with others, and is perfect for both musicians and those without any musical training.  Registration is requested; please call Social Workers with questions and to register.

Venus Gong Meditation, Naperville – Tuesdays, April 18 and October 17; 6-7:30 PM

Everything in the universe is made of vibrations.  By taking the time to surround yourself in sound vibrations, you can restore vital energy that is depleted during daily activities.  Join us for a unique sound meditation by Karen Tlusty that combines gong, Native American flute, Tibetan bowls and other instruments to create a heightened meditation experience.  Bring a blanket, pillow, or anything else you may need to be comfortable on the floor for an hour.   Registration is requested and space is limited; please call Social Workers with questions and to register.

Beginners Kayak ReTreat - Red Kayak Institute – Saturday, June 3

This meditative experience on Saganashkee Slough in Lemont will be held on Saturday morning, June 3.  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.

Registration is required, beginning in May, and space is limited: please call Sharon Kelleher at 630-646-6111 with questions and to register.

Healing Sound Meditation - Naperville

In this class, 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 first and fourth Wednesday of each month from 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. in the first floor lobby

American Cancer Society wig boutique

Losing your hair is difficult; 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.

To schedule your personal appointment, call 1-800-227-2345 and specify if you would prefer to visit the boutique in Elmhurst or Plainfield.

Individual nutrition consultations

Are you doing all you can nutrition-wise to maintain strength during cancer treatments to allow for optimal healing? Are you having difficulty with the side effects of treatment?

Schedule a one-on-one appointment with our wellness/oncology dietitian Doreen Berard, RD, LDN, by calling 630-646-6840. Doreen is available at the Edward Cancer Center in Naperville.

Fitness and yoga

Back on Track- Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness Center - Naperville

This eight-week exercise class is designed to complement your cancer treatments by enhancing aerobic capacity, muscular strength and flexibility. Individuals progress at their own pace. Offered at Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness Center in Naperville. A physician's recommendation is required. To register, or for more information, call 630-646-5917.

The medically-based Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness Centers offer a variety of classes, personal training and spa services to help you get back on the Healthy Driven track.

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. This group meets every Thursday (except holidays) from 6 - 7 p.m. in the first floor lobby.

Animal-assisted therapy

Dog/handler teams at Edward and Elmhurst hospitals visit patients, at their request, in just about every part of the hospital every day of the week. The visits usually last about five or 10 minutes and can help reduce stress and pain. Learn more about our animal assisted therapy program.

Reiki therapy

Reiki is a complementary, holistic healing practice intended to promote the balance of energy in the body. It has been found to help patients relax, reduce stress levels, relieve pain and improve mental clarity and sleep habits. The session is safe, gentle and non-invasive, and is used to enhance the effectiveness of conventional medical treatment.

If you’re a cancer patient or a caregiver, you can take advantage of the free Reiki sessions we offer.

  • Visit the Nancy W. Knowles Cancer Center at Elmhurst Hospital at 177 E. Brush Hill Road in Elmhurst, on the first, third or fourth Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Visit the Edward Cancer Center, 120 SPalding Drive, Suite 111, Naperville, on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 9:30-11:30 am. No appointment is necessary. 

Imerman Angels

Edward and Elmhurst Cancer Centers have 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 gives the cancer fighter the opportunity to ask personal questions and receive encouragement from someone who is uniquely familiar with his/her situation.

Imerman Angels also connects caregivers to other caregivers who can relate to and understand their situation. To get connected, visit ImermanAngels.org or call 877-274-5529. Their goal is to complete your match within seven business days. All of the services that Imerman Angels provides are free.

Camp Hope for children

Camp Hope at Naper Settlement - Naperville

The Edward Cancer Center is proud to offer Camp Hope, a week-long summer day camp held the weeks of June 26 and July 17 for children, ages 6 - 12, whose parent or loved one is living with cancer. Camp Hope campers will participate in Naper Settlement's TREASURE HUNTERS program, and will attend special breakout sessions each day. Registration for 2017 begins in April. Call the class registration line at 630-527-6363.

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