Discussion and Support Groups
Cancer related discussion and support groups provide a confidential atmosphere for cancer survivors, family and caregivers to discuss issues related to the illness. Discussions may include: emotional needs created by cancer; practical problems such as managing side effects; and maintaining a balance between work, family and treatments. All interactive groups are facilitated by licensed professionals unless otherwise indicated.*
Interactive Discussion Groups Include
Active Surveillance Prostate Info Group ~ Russ Gould *
Issues discussed will cover the latest research and patient experiences with active surveillance.
Advanced Prostate Cancer Info Group ~ Russ Gould *
Personal experiences, side effects, treatment strategies, results, education and concerns will be shared.
Creative Healing Group - Adult Art Therapy ~ Lori Mackey, MA, AR-BC, CCLS
This group is for adults in active treatment or recently finished with treatment and provides opportunities for self-expression and healing through art. Methods to be explored include drawing, painting, collage, and photography.
Journey of Caregiving ~ Kathy Scortino, RN, MA, LCPC
Your role as a caregiver begins at the time of your loved one's diagnosis and continues through remission or recurrence or death. This ongoing group provides a safe and confidential place to talk of the joys and struggles of caregiving, to share information, and to speak of your loss when your caregiving role ends.
Join us for this group presented in collaboration with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Open to those at any point in their cancer experience.
Life Raft (GIST)
The Chicago Area GIST Patients chapter of The Life Raft Group meets three times yearly to discuss the rare sarcoma called Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST). Agendas include sharing personal experiences and a presentation/discussion of recent research and treatment developments. All Chicago area GIST patients and caregivers are welcome. For info contact Jim Hughes at 847-302-5133. www.liferaftgroup.org
Men with Cancer
This group provides a time to share personal experiences and common concerns.
Prostate Cancer Video Lectures
Recurrence/Metastatic ~ Kathy Scortino, RN, MA, LCPC
This group focuses on discussion of issues that are specific to those managing recurrence or metastatic cancer.
CHILDREN/TEEN AND PARENT INTERACTIVE GROUPS
Lori Mackey, MA, ATR-BC, CCLS
A group for parents who have lost a child (infant to 18) to cancer.
Pediatric Oncology Parent Networking Group
An interactive discussion and support group for parents who have a child currently in treatment or who recently has completed treatment. Children ages 5-18 are welcome to attend for supervised activity by an art therapy intern or Wellness Place volunteer.
Siblings - One SIBsational Evening
In recognition of the important role siblings have when their brother or sister is diagnosed with cancer, siblings ages 5-12 gather to create an art project as a visual reminder of their strengths and unique qualities.
STARS - Sharing Together and Receiving Support
An art and play support group for children ages 6-12 who have a loved one with cancer in their family