Comprehensive Cancer Support
Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center's Oncology Program firmly believes that education is a vital part of caring for people with cancer. Physicians and nurses educate patients and their families so they can make informed decisions about their care.
Support staff members are on hand to guide people through non-medical issues that can be as complex and overwhelming as the care itself. These support professionals include a dedicated clinical nurse navigator, social workers, physical therapists, financial counselor, pharmacists, clergy and dietitians.
We offer a range of support services to assist patients and their families:
Fit for the Fight
Combat the side-effects of cancer treatment by making exercise an integral part of your routine. This program is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Vanguard Community Center on the River Forest Medical Campus, 7411 West Lake Street in River Forest.
We're Movin' On
This support group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Breast Center All women who have been affected by breast cancer are welcome to gather and lend support to one another and share experiences.
Look good, feel better®
This free program, developed by the American Cancer Society, teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients undergoing treatment to help them combat the appearance-related sideeffects of cancer treatment.
Reach to Recovery
This national program (through the American Cancer Society) links recently diagnosed women with breast cancer survivors, who either call or visit the women they have been matched with and provide resources, support and suggested post-surgical exercises.
Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center is excited to partner with the American Cancer Society to offer a Wig Boutique in the Community Center on the first floor of Building A on the Vanguard River Forest Medical Campus. Because of this partnership, individuals suffering from hair loss associated with cancer treatments have access to new, free wigs and accessories right within the community they live. The boutique is currently available by appointment only by calling (800) 227-2345.