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University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross partners with the Cancer Support Center in Mokena

New Lenox, IL (September 23, 2013) — The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Centerat Silver Cross Hospital is pleased to unite with the Cancer Support Center in Mokena to provide a comprehensive approach to cancer care.  This partnership brings unique programming to the community.  These teams of professionals have collaborated to integrate all forms of healing through resources in order to provide the best care to area residents. 

For the past twenty years, the Cancer Support Center has long recognized the importance of a holistic approach towards healing cancer including nurturing the mind, body and spirit. 

Photo caption: Pictured left to right are Leslie Susralski, Volunteer from the Cancer Support Center in Mokena, Kelli Shanahan, Medical Assistant  from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital and Lynn Ring, Clinical Therapist from the Cancer Support Center in Mokena.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Centerat Silver Cross Hospital,” said Lisa Schneider, LCPC, Clinical Program Director, from The Cancer Support Center in Mokena.  “Providing these patients and their caregivers with additional knowledge and support will help with their healing process and give them a greater quality of life before, during and after a cancer diagnosis.” 

“Since the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Centerat Silver Cross Hospital has a strong commitment to education, this partnership with the Cancer Support Center in Mokena is a wonderful addition for our patients because now they have access closer to home to an array of multi-faceted, educational resources that will aide them in their treatment plan,” said Daniel W. Golden, M.D., radiation oncologist at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Dr. Golden is a specialist in the use of radiation-therapy to treat cancers of the central nervous system, head and neck, gastrointestinal tract, and genitourinary system. 

Cancer Support Services and Wellness Classes now offered at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital
Services:
Distress Screenings
Every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital
Distress Screenings are for anyone newly diagnosed with cancer or their caregivers which include family and friends.  These screenings include a 45-minute appointment for the patient to talk with a counselor about their stress, coping skills and general feelings related to the cancer in order to begin treating the whole person; mind, body and spirit.  The patient is offered the distress tool during the session. Presented by Lynn Ring, LCSW, LMFT ,a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has been offering counseling at The Cancer Support Center since 2008 and has been a clinician for 25 years. Using the distress screening is part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s (NCCN) guidelines for providing quality cancer care.  NCCN encourages that distress should be recognized, monitored, documented, and treated promptly at all stages of disease and that management of distress is an integral part of treatment.  

Onsite Cancer Wellness Classes:
Relaxation for Healing
Mondays, October 7 and November 11, from 10-11 a.m.
University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital
This class will teach you how to use guided imagery for stress management. Experience a deep sense of calm and peace as Megan guides you through this healing practice.  Attendance at both is not required.  Call 708-478-3529 to register. Facilitated by: Megan Pietrucha, Psy.D., LCPC. 

Control & Track Your Salt, Sugar and Calories!                                                                                        
Wednesday, October 23, from 10-11:30 a.m.
University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital
Did you ever have your doctor ask you to monitor your weight, sodium, or sugar intake? Learn the ideal amounts of calories, sodium and sugars for your diet and ways to easily track them.  A nutritionist will walk you through easy methods for tracking these important nutrients using devices such as smart phones, tablets, or electronic devices (I-Pads, Kindles, Nooks, I-Pods, and computers) or simply tracking the good ol’ fashioned way, with pen and paper! Presented by Donna McKenna, Nutrition Consultant, BS.  Call 708-478-3529 to register. 

Tibetan Bowl Group Sound Bath                                                                                                   
Tuesday, November 12, from 6-7 p.m. 
Upstairs lobby in the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross  Hospital        
Vibrational sound with singing bowls works with the energy field that extends from our physical bodies and relaxes our brain waves into alpha and theta frequencies.  It is called a “bath” because our bodies are being bathed in sound. Call to register (preference to those in treatment) 708-478-3529; limited space available; no walk-ins. No perfume, please. Presented by Jayne Hayes, Reiki Master Practitioner, Vibrational Sound Practitioner. 

Green Living in a Toxic Environment
Wednesday, November 20, from 10-11:30 a.m.
University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital
We use products everyday on our bodies and in our homes that contain ingredients that are harmful.  The truth is that there are many safe alternatives available to us that will have a profound impact on the health of our family, loved ones and beloved pets.  This program will explore simple, easy and economical ways to detox your home from harmful chemicals and reveal to you key things you can do RIGHT now to begin this journey of clean and green living. Presented by Chris Rosandich, Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant and Jayne Hayes, Reiki Master and Sound Healing Practitioner. Call 708-478-3529 to register. 

A Balance Diet for the New Year
Tuesday, December 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital
The holiday season is a time filled with parties, family gatherings, and an abundance of food choices, which may lead to over eating.  Eating too many of the wrong foods can have us riding the emotional roller coaster (feeling exhilarated and satisfied but landing us into guilt).  The truth is that the guilt can actually be the catalyst that spirals us into more emotional eating and even more guilt.  A Balanced Diet for the New Year may be the remedy you are looking for in 2014 and a fresh new start.  Presented by Chris Rosandich, Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant.  Call 708-478-3529 to register. 

About The Cancer Support Center in Mokena

The Cancer Support Center in Mokena, is a community-based, non-profit organization that has been helping Chicago Southland families overcome the effects of cancer through a wide variety of programs since 1994.  All of the programs, offered are free of charge.  Programs are facilitated by licensed clinical psychologists, social workers and counselors that specialize in cancer care as it affects the individual, family members and friends.  Programs focus on the emotional, informational, spiritual, physical and social needs of each participant.  The Center offers a variety of services and programs including: individual and family counseling and guidance; support groups; wig boutique offering wigs, scarves and hats for women at no-charge; resource library; exercise classes; expressive art programs; nutrition and cooking programs; social events; and grief support. The Cancer Support Center in Mokena is located at 19150 S. Wolf Road, Suite C, Mokena, Illinois 60448 (at the corner of 192nd Street and Wolf Road). For more information regarding programs located at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, contact the Cancer Support Center in Mokena, by visiting www.cancersupportcenter.org; e-mailing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 708-478-3529. 

About the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital

The University of Chicago Medicine and Silver Cross Hospital’s outpatient cancer treatment center located in the Carolyn J. Czerkies Pavilion at I-355 and Route 6 (1850 Silver Cross Blvd.) in New Lenox opened its doors on June 25, 2012. The 20,000-square-foot University of Medicine Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross brings University of Chicago academic specialists and their advanced and investigational therapies into a community-hospital setting. The new facility provides state-of-the-art chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as access to hundreds of clinical trials. It also offers a TrueBeam new-generation linear accelerator system, which delivers precisely targeted radiation therapy to provide the best results. In addition, other services provided at the Comprehensive Cancer Center include cancer support services, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, infusion services, and preventative screenings. The University of Chicago Medicine maintains more active clinical trials for the treatment of cancer than any other program in Illinois. To schedule an appointment, call 1-855-UCM-1400. For more information about the new University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, visit www.ucmcancer-sch.org. 

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

About The University of Chicago Medicine

The University of Chicago Medicine is home to world-class medical, research and teaching facilities where innovation has been a hallmark for decades. University of Chicago physician-scientists performed the first organ transplant and the first bone marrow transplant in animal models, the first successful living-donor liver transplant, the first hormone therapy for cancer and the first successful application of cancer chemotherapy. Its researchers also discovered REM sleep and were the first to describe several of the stages of sleep. Twelve of the 87 Nobel Prize winners associated with the University of Chicago have received the award for discoveries related to biology or medicine. 

The University of Chicago Medicine’s Biological Sciences Division and the Medical Center work together under the University of Chicago Medicine brand to teach and train future physicians, perform research and practice patient care. The Medical Center ranks among the best in the country in cancer treatment, digestive disorders, diabetes and endocrinology, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of the nation’s hospitals. The University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s Hospital also is among the nation’s leading children’s hospitals, particularly in neonatology, gastroenterology and pulmonology. And the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine was named one of the Top 10 medical schools in the United States in U.S. News’ 2012 graduate schools survey.

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