Advocate Condell Medical Center and Cancer Wellness Services are partnering to offer a free "Evening of Cancer Wellness," aimed at providing patients and their families with resources to help them on their cancer journey.
The "Evening of Cancer Wellness" will begin with a lecture on diagnosis, treatment and after care by Michael Cochran, MD, board certified in Oncology and Medical Director of Oncology at Advocate Condell Medical Center. Guests also will have the opportunity to choose from two of four breakout sessions on the following topics: Social-Emotional Effects of Cancer; Nutrition; Stress Reduction; and Exercise. The breakouts will be followed by a panel discussion in which guests will be able to interact with clinicians and get their questions answered.
"This program truly provides health information and education on many aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery," Cochran said. "We want to prepare people as much as possible for what they can expect, every step of the way, both physically and emotionally. This type of support is critical to achieving the best possible outcome for our patients."
The program is offered on Monday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 pm at Advocate Condell's Conference Center, 700 Garfield Ave. in Libertyville. Refreshments and giveaways also will be available. Register for this free program by calling 847-509-9595.
The evening is the kickoff to what will be an ongoing collaboration between Advocate Condell and Cancer Wellness Services. The organizations will join to offer a series of free seminars on topics addressing the unique challenges facing those with cancer through survivorship.
"We are excited to be working so closely with the staff at Cancer Wellness Services," said Kathleen Hill, RN, MS, LCPC, CBPN-IC, Advocate Condell's Oncology Nurse Navigator. "They bring a wealth of experience in all aspects of cancer treatment and recovery. Together we make a powerful team in delivering the kind of comprehensive care our patients deserve."
The Evening of Cancer Wellness is one in a series of presentations hosted by Advocate Condell to raise awareness about cancer risks. Other topics include prostate health, screening guidelines, breast health, and overall wellness and survivorship. Participants will receive updated information on disease prevention and treatment, and have the opportunity to ask questions of presenting physicians. All programs are free, and giveaways and refreshments will be available.
The programs include:
• "Weight and Cancer" presented by Jennifer DeBruler, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Advocate Condell Medical Center's Conference Center. Of course, no diet or lifestyle can promise full protection against any disease. And for some people, good nutrition, a healthy body weight, and regular exercise may not affect their cancer risk. But if the nutrition and physical activity recommendations are taken as a lifelong commitment, many people can lower their risk of cancer and other diseases. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, of the more than 500,000 cancer deaths each year, one in three is linked to diet and activity habits like being overweight or obese. That's the same number linked to tobacco use. Dr. DeBruler gives you tips on how to control your weight and start eating --- and living --- like a healthy person. A Q&A will follow. The lecture is free, but registration is required. Call 800-323-8622 and request program 5C45.
• "Should I Get Screened," presented by Dean Tsarwhas, MD, Board Certified in Oncology, at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Advocate Condell Medical Center's Conference Center. Cancer screening guidelines can differ dramatically. Should women get mammograms at 40 or 50? Should men have a PSA screen for prostate cancer at all? With so much information available to health consumers, it is easy to get confused. Dr. Tsarwhas will clarify the guidelines and answer questions. The lecture is free, but registration is required. Call 800-323-8622 and request program 5C48.
• "Breast Cancer: Know the Risks, Know the Facts," presented by Eileen Morrison, MD, Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Advocate Condell Medical Center's Conference Center. Learn about the factors that may affect a woman's risk for breast cancer, get information on early detection tests, and find out about the latest treatments. A Q&A will follow the lecture. The lecture is free, but registration is required. Call 800-323-8622 and request program 5C46.
• In addition, Advocate Condell Medical Center is offering two flu shot clinic fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society. A limited number of influenza vaccines will be available for a suggested $10 donation to benefit ACS. Participants also will receive a free colorectal screening kit, with instructions on how to complete the test at home. The clinics will be held from 7-11 am on Monday, Oct. 1, at Advocate Condell Medical Center, West Tower, 800 S. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville; and 7-11 am on Monday, Oct. 8, at Advocate Condell's Gurnee Centre Club, 1405 N. Hunt Club Road, Gurnee. Call 800-323-8622 to register. The registration code for both clinics is 5A05.
About Advocate Condell Medical Center
Advocate Condell Medical Center is the leading provider of comprehensive medical and surgical services in Lake County, with state-of-the-art heart, neurosurgical, maternity and emergency services. Condell's emergency department is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Lake County, Illinois. It also features the only dedicated pediatric emergency department in the county. Condell holds accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers for cardiac patients, and is accredited by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Advocate Condell is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the Chicago metro area for superior results in patient safety and health outcomes.