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: May 7 and June 4 • 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 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.

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.

Coping with Grief

Wednesday, April 28 • 6 to 7 p.m.
Rev. Dan Sullivan, MA, MDiv, Director of Spiritual Care, Rush Copley Medical Center

Grief is a universal experience, yet unique to each individual. Learn ways to handle grief and adjust to life after loss. This presentation is open to anyone who has experienced a loss, no matter what phase of the grieving journey you are in. Register Online

Managing Radiation Side Effects

Tuesday, May 4 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ellen M. Berg, MSN, RN, OCN, Rush Copley Medical Center

Radiation treatment can cause a variety of side effects. Learn about the different side effects and how to manage them. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Register Online

Management of Metastatic Prostate Cancer 

Tuesday, May 18 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sea Chen, MD and Ho Myong, MD, Rush Copley Medical Center

Join Drs. Chen and Myong to learn about systemic treatment advancements and the role of radiation treatment in metastatic prostate cancer. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Register Online

Virtual Survivorship Symposium

Saturday, June 5 • 9 a.m. to Noon
The experience of post-treatment life is a unique aspect of the cancer journey. In this virtual symposium, leading professionals from the Rush System and Triage Cancer will help prepare you to transition into this next phase. Symposium highlights include:

  • Strategies to increase resilience as it relates to cancer
  • Tips to manage medical debt and finances post-treatment
  • A physician panel to address questions about late and long-term effects of treatment

Register Online

Our Voices: Storytelling

Fridays: June 4, 11, 18 and 25 • 2 to 3 p.m.
Omar Ramos, Program and Administrative Support Coordinator

Each person has a unique story to tell — this is your opportunity to tell yours. Learn how the art of storytelling can help you reclaim your life story. Create, teach, learn and grow within a safe environment of others on their own cancer journeys. Bring some personal story ideas and learn to share your unique perspective. Register Online

Money Talks

Managing Financial Toxicity and the Cost of Cancer Care Treatment
Wednesday, April 14 • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Omar Ramos, Certified Oncology, Financial Navigator
High costs related to cancer care can cause financial problems, affect quality of life and prevent adherence to recommended treatments. This program will focus on financial stressors and resources that can help. Register Online

Exploring Medicare and Social Security Disability After a Cancer Diagnosis
Wednesday, May 12 • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Omar Ramos, Certified Oncology Financial Navigator
Cancer of any type and stage can be disabling. The physical and psychological effects of the disease, in addition to the side effects of treatments, frequently make it difficult to work while in treatment. Learn about federal and state programs and the benefits they offer to help meet health care and income needs. Register Online

Getting Financially Organized
Wednesday, June 9 • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Omar Ramos, Certified Oncology, Financial Navigator
Reduce your feelings of stress by setting up an easy-to-use system to manage the paper trail of your cancer journey. Getting organized will help you keep track of unpaid bills and locate important documents at tax time. Register Online

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.

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.