support and networking groups

Support and Networking groups are an integral part of the Cancer Wellness Center. They provide those diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones opportunities to share, learn and gain support from others who are going through similar experiences. Current research indicates that regular attendance in a group can improve quality of life.

Support groups

Support groups provide patients, survivors and their loved ones with peer support to help cope with the emotional and life changes following a cancer diagnosis. The Center’s professional clinical team facilitates these therapeutic groups:

  • Men’s group
  • Women’s group
  • Young women’s group (mid 30's - mid 50's)
  • Caregiver/Significant other group
  • Women’s spirituality
  • Co-ed group (Grayslake)
  • Bereavement groups (Spousal and Family Loss)
  • Journeys (bereaved 1+ years)
  • The Lisa Klitzky Young Adult group (Co-ed ages 20-40)

To be in enrolled in a support group at the Cancer Wellness Center, please call 847.509.9595 to complete a brief intake interview.

Networking groups

These monthly discussion groups provide an opportunity for patients and family members to share information with others living with similar diagnoses. The focus of these groups is peer-to-peer sharing related to the physical aspects of living with the diagnosis. These groups are professionally facilitated and meet monthly on a drop-in basis. No registration is required.

  • Multiple Myeloma – 1st Wednesday monthly, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Ovarian cancer (for patients only) – 2nd Wednesday monthly, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Pancreatic cancer - 2nd Thursday monthly, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
  • Coping with Tamoxifen and Aromatase Inhibitors Networking Group - 3rd Wednesday monthly, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Weight Loss for Wellness

Weight gain is an often overlooked result of cancer treatment. In weekly meetings, group members will be guided by a licensed clinical therapist, and a registered dietitian who is a board certified specialist in oncology nutrition. Regular exercise demonstrations will reinforce the physical activity component of weight loss. This program is open to anyone who has completed treatment within the last two years. Participants must commit to attend the program for six months. Call (847) 509-9595 to learn more about this program and complete a brief intake interview.

Courageous Caregiver

CWC is currently recruiting for Courageous Caregiver, a unique six-week program for those actively caring for a spouse or partner with cancer. The group is limited to 12 participants who have been in the primary caretaker role for a minimum of two months. Based in mindfulness and positive psychology, the program provides caregivers with healthy coping and communication skills to help reduce distress and improve their perceptions of quality of life. Weekly topics include: Trauma and the Cancer Caregiver; Mindfulness for Caregivers; Strategies for Communication and Intimacy; Wellness and Alternative Therapies for Stress Reduction; Dealing with the Fear of Recurrence; and Finding Humor, Hope and Optimism in the Caregiver Experience. For more information, please contact Donna Oldenburg, MA, LPC, NCC, Clinical Associate, at (847) 562-4990, or

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