Support groups give you, your caregivers and others a chance to bond with those going through a similar cancer journey. Below is a list of local cancer support groups.
Join our Cancer Education and Support Group, which meets every third Thursday of the month, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Cancer Center Conference Room (7420 W. Central Ave., Building C, River Forest, IL). A short presentation is given at the beginning of the session and a discussion follows. Free of charge and refreshments are offered.
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.
Learn about making treatment decisions, coping with side effects, handling financial matters, caregiving, and living well after cancer. The American Cancer Society also has programs and services to help you manage cancer treatment and recovery and find the emotional support you need. And best of all, their help is free. Click here to learn more.
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 side effects of cancer treatment.
This American Cancer Society program 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.
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 River Forest Medical Campus. Because of this partnership, if you’re suffering from hair loss associated with cancer treatment, you have access to new, free wigs and accessories at one convenient location. The boutique is currently available by appointment only by calling (800) 227-2345.
Free cancer support for the whole family, the whole time. Join Gilda’s Club of Chicago to access all the benefits of the growing and caring community, including programs that will help you learn to live with cancer. It’s easy to join, and it’s free. Click here to learn more.
A Community Where All People Affected by Cancer Thrive. Cancer can feel overwhelming, for patients and their families. It can be confusing and frightening. Fortunately, when it comes to living with cancer, you have Wellness House.
Founded in 2002 by Dr. Sandy Goldberg the mission of A Silver Lining Foundation a 501(c3) is to ensure dignified, respectful and equal access to quality cancer education and services for all, by creating meaningful partnerships with community, advocacy and healthcare organizations. A Silver Lining Foundation’s Vision is to ensure that socioeconomic status does not affect an individual’s ability to obtain information, timely cancer screening and diagnosis.
Be The Boss Over Cancer. Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program offers free mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams and Pap tests to eligible women. Even if a woman has already been diagnosed with cancer, she may receive free treatment if she qualifies. The program has been providing breast and cervical cancer screenings to the women of Illinois since 1995.