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:

Edward Cancer Center:
Linda Conlin: 630-646-6054
Meagan Dean: 630-646-6147
Briana Rekosh: 630-646-6111
Elmhurst Nancy W. Knowles Cancer Center: 331-221-2171
Maria Escobar: 331-221-5900

No matter if you’ve been recently diagnosed, if you’re in the middle of treatment, or if your treatment is complete, Edward-Elmhurst is here for you every step of the way. Questions about our cancer support services? Call 630-646-2273 (CARE) for more information.

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.

Cancer Center locations

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.

EDWARD CANCER CENTER 2019 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, Please click here to see what programs Wellness House offers for you and your family members. 

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 Thursday of the month, February through December, from 5:00 – 7:00 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 the Edward clinical social workers at 630-646-2273 (CARE).

Art Therapy for Stress Reduction – Naperville - 1st Monday of each month except holidays; 2:00-3:30 PM

Experience art materials in a new way while exploring your creative side.  This program led by a Registered Art Therapist is designed for both artists and those who are nervous about putting a pencil to paper.  Connect with others while learning how creating art can improve your sense of well-being.  This program will be held in Naperville on the 1st Monday of each month (except holidays – January 1 and September 3) from 2:00 to 3:30 PM in the Second Floor Conference Room.  Registration is requested.  Please call the Edward clinical social workers at 630-646-2273 (CARE).

Healing Sound Meditation - Naperville

In this class, a Vibrational Energy practitioner uses "singing bowls," Native American flute, chimes, and other instruments 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

Camp Hope – at Naper Settlement

Camp Hope is a one-week summer day camp to be held one week at the end of June for children age 6 to 12 whose parent or close family member is living with cancer.  Camp Hope campers will participate in Naper Settlement’s Summer Camp program, and take part in special break-out sessions each day to address emotions surrounding the changes in the family due to the illness.  Space is limited.  Registration begins in April.  Please call Edward-Elmhurst Class Registration at 630-527-6363 to register.  Call the Edward Clinical Social Workers for more information on Camp Hope 630-646-2273 (CARE).

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 630-646-2273 (CARE). Doreen is available at the Edward Cancer Center in Naperville or in Plainfield.

We also offer support through our group class, “Why Weight? Weight Loss/Healthy Nutrition for Breast Cancer Survivors,” at the Edward Cancer Center in Naperville. See Wellness classes & seminars on this page for information on the next session.

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 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; registration not required.

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 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.  Edward patients and their caregivers can take advantage of the free Reiki sessions.  Visit the Second Floor of the Naperville Cancer Center on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 9:30 – 11:30 AM.  Other days and times may be offered – check for notification when you arrive in the Second Floor Lobby to see if a practitioner is on duty. Prior registration is not required.

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.

Chair Massage

Take ten minutes for a soothing massage experience, and return to your day feeling more refreshed and relaxed.  Edward Cancer Center patients and caregivers can take advantage of these 10-minute chair massages.  Days and times will vary. Check in at the Second Floor Lobby when you arrive to see if our Licensed Massage Therapist is on duty.  Prior registration is not required.