Education Programs

Information and education programs focus on the practical, from what to expect from treatment to how to balance practical concerns such as finances, working, health insurance as well as the emotional side of the disease.

Welcome to Waterford Place Virtual Orientation

Fridays: November 6 • 1 to 1:30 p.m.
All new participants are invited to attend an introductory virtual orientation to discover the valuable resources available to you at Waterford Place.

Register Online for November 6

Nutrition 101: Live Long and Stay Healthy

Thursday, October 29 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sumita Bhatia, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Rush Copley Medical Center
We are what we eat! Join Dr. Bhatia for a live Webex presentation as she discusses the impact food has on health, well-being and mood. Learn about healthy foods and eating habits that can decrease cancer risks and boost the immune system. A question-and-answer session will follow. Register online or call (331) 301-5280.

Management of Metastatic Cancer

Monday, November 2 • 6 to 7 p.m.
Joseph Meschi, MD, Medical Oncologist, Rush Copley Medical Center
Although metastatic cancer is not curable, it is treatable, and both treatment and survival continue to improve. Medical oncologist Joseph Meschi, MD, discusses living with and managing this type of cancer. A question-and-answer session will follow. Register online for this live Webex program or call (331) 301-5280.

Lung Cancer Treatment and Screening Options

Tuesday, November 10 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Philip Bonomi, MD, Medical Oncologist, and Justin Karush, DO, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon, Rush University Medical Center

Learn about lung cancer screening and new therapy and treatment options during a live Webex presentation on November 10. A question-and-answer session will follow. Register online for this live Webex program or call (331) 301-5280.

Immunotherapy and Cancer

Monday, November 23 • 6 to 7 p.m.
Kaushik Patel, MD, Medical Oncologist, Rush Copley Medical Center
Immunotherapy is a cancer treatment that helps the immune system fight cancer. Learn about immunotherapy and how it targets cancer cells. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Register online for this live Webex program or call (331) 301-5280.

Personal Financial Resource Consultation

By appointment only
Cancer not only affects physical health, it also affects financial well-being. To help you manage the financial impact of cancer, several resources are available from federally funded programs to private nonprofit organizations. Schedule a virtual meeting with a financial navigator to learn what financial resources are available to you. To schedule an appointment, please email or call (331) 301-5280.

Managing Worries for a Good Night’s Sleep

If stress or anxiety is keeping you awake at night, follow this advice from Sheila Dowd, PhD, Rush clinical psychologist. It should help you wind down your emotions and transition into sleep mode so you can get the rest you need to stay healthy.

Talking to Children and Family About Cancer

Talking to your children about your diagnosis and treatment can feel overwhelming. This recorded presentation shares tips and strategies for how to start that conversation and navigate the cancer experience together. Appropriate for parents of children 18 and younger, this presentation was written and recorded by Sara Egan, Waterford Place social work intern.

Navigating Emotions During COVID-19

The pandemic is adding strain on our emotional well-being, creating anxiety about health and finance, uncertainty about the length of the quarantine, anger over loss of control, loneliness and fear of the unknown. Help manage these emotions by practicing healthy ways to cope.

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Waterford Place is free of charge to participants; however it is entirely supported by philanthropy meaning that every gift matters. Learn more about ways to give.