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:
Meagan Dean: 630-646-6147
Brandi Northrup: 779-263-3434
Elmhurst Nancy W. Knowles Cancer Center: 331-221-2171
Dana Macklin: 331-221-9177

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 2022 support groups & services

Wellness classes & 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. 

Healthy Weight, Healthy You: Thriving After Breast Cancer

This is a 12-week dietitian-led weight loss/healthy nutrition class for breast cancer survivors. The next class will be held Tuesday evenings from Sept. 6 - Nov. 22 at the Edward Cancer Center in Naperville. Guest speakers will address exercise, mindful eating, lymphedema, meditation, yoga and behavior. Attendees must have completed chemotherapy treatment and provide a written referral from their oncologist.

For more information or to register for the "Healthy Weight, Healthy You: Thriving After Breast Cancer" class, contact Doreen Berard, RD, LDN, at 630-527-5452, by Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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. 

Nutrition consultations & class

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, “Healthy Weight, Healthy You: Thriving After Breast Cancer,” a 12-week dietitian-led weight loss/healthy nutrition class for breast cancer survivors. The next class will be held Tuesday evenings from Sept. 6 - Nov. 22 at the Edward Cancer Center in Naperville. Guest speakers will address exercise, mindful eating, lymphedema, meditation, yoga and behavior. Attendees must have completed chemotherapy treatment and provide a written referral from their oncologist.

For more information or to register for the "Healthy Weight, Healthy You: Thriving After Breast Cancer" class, contact Doreen Berard, RD, LDN, at 630-527-5452, by Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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.

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.

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.