Education Programs

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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.

Personalized Financial Resource Consultation

By appointment only
Cancer not only affects your physical health, it also affects your financial well-being. Several resources are available to manage the financial impact of cancer, including federally-funded programs and private nonprofit organizations. Schedule a virtual meeting with a financial navigator to learn what financial resources are available to you. 

Welcome to Waterford Place Orientation

By appointment only
All new participants are invited to attend an introductory orientation to discover the valuable resources available at Waterford Place.

Technology Consultation

By appointment only
Need help connecting to virtual programs through your personal computer, laptop or tablet? Schedule a virtual or phone consultation for assistance with setting up an email or installing and using the Webex application on your device.

Managing Radiation Side Effects

Tuesday, July 5 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ellen M. Berg, MSN, RN, OCN, Rush Copley Cancer Care Center

Dealing with radiation-related side effects can be challenging, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Learn about possible side effects and how to manage them. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

Five Wishes: Planning for the Future

Monday, July 11 • 1 to 2 p.m.
Corina Quinonez, Social Work Intern

Join us to discuss the living will that incorporates your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Recommendations for Prevention and Survivorship

Wednesday, July 27 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Grace Esler, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, Rush University Cancer Center

This program will review nutrition and physical activity recommendations for prevention of cancer and recurrence, using the scientific evidence-based guidelines from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute on Cancer Research. Learn how to transition toward plant-based eating and incorporate healthier lifestyle patterns.

‘What Just Happened?’

Wednesday, August 10 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Laura Rollins, Oncology Social Worker, Rush Copley Cancer Care Center

During cancer treatment, patients often feel a sense of power and energy as they actively “fight” the cancer. When treatment ends, they may experience anxiety, sadness, depression, hopelessness and anger as their bodies ask, “What just happened?” Laura Rollins, a social worker and survivor, will discuss these feelings and how to process them.

Fear of Recurrence

Wednesday, September 7 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Laura Rollins, Oncology Social Worker, Rush Copley Cancer Care Center

Feeling anxious or fearful that cancer may return is very common. This fear is often expressed in anger or sadness that can lead to depression. Learn skills to manage the fear of recurrence so that you can continue to heal and enjoy survivorship.

Mindfulness During Times of Uncertainty

Wednesday, September 14 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sumita Bhatia, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Audrey Stoppel, BSN, RN, Radiation Oncology, Rush Copley Medical Center

Various techniques and lifestyle practices can help you manage emotional distress during times of uncertainty. This program will present various techniques and include a guided meditation.

Make a Difference

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.