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Cancer Supportive Care

According to the National Cancer Institute, supportive care is care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease such as cancer. The goal of supportive care is to provide social and emotional support to patients going through cancer treatment as well as their families and friends. Supportive care may also be called comfort care. This is separate from palliative care and hospice care which provides special medical care and works with supportive care organizations.

Cancer Support Communities in the Chicago-land Area

Cancer Resource Centre:
926 Ridge Road, Munster IN.
219.836.3349 or http://www.cancerresourcecentre.com/default.asp.

Cancer Wellness Center
215 Revere Dr., Northbrook
Wildwood Presbyterian Church, 18630 West Old Gages Lake Road, Grayslake
2824 Belvidere Road, Waukegan
Information at 847.509.9595 or on the Web at http://www.cancerwellness.org/

Gilda’s Club
537 N. Wells St., Chicago
312.464.9900 or http://www.gildasclubchicago.org/

Jennifer Fallick Cancer Support Center
2028 Elm Rd, Homewood 708.798.9171
19150 S Wolf Rd, Suite C, Mokena 708.478.3529 or http://www.cancersupportcenter.org/

Living Well Cancer Resource Center
442 Williamsburg Ave, Geneva
630.262.1111 orhttp://www.livingwellcrc.org/

Wellness House
131 N. County Line Rd., Hinsdale
630.323.5150 or http://www.wellnesshouse.org/

Wellness Place
1619 W. Colonial Parkway, Palatine
847.221.2400 or http://www.wellnessplace.org/

Support Organizations and Telephone Numbers

American Cancer Society 800.227.2345 or http://www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute 800.422.6237 or http://www.cancer.gov/
Cancer Hope Network 877.552.4366 or http://www.cancerhopenetwork.org/
Imerman Angels 312.274.5529 or www.imermanangels.org
Cancer Care Foundation 800.813.4673 or http://www.cancercare.org/

Support Resources at NMH

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Supportive Oncology
The Supportive Oncology Program provides emotional and practical support for patients and their families during all stages: diagnosis, treatment and recovery. 312.695.0990 (866.587.4322)http://cancer.northwestern.edu/public/connect/supportive_oncology_team/index.cfm
Working with Cancer Center physicians, the Fertility Preservation Navigator helps patients explore best options for preserving their ability to have children after cancer treatment. To schedule an appointment, please call 312.503.3378 or visit http://fertilitypreservation.northwestern.edu/
Health Information
The Health Learning Centers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital can help you find information, resources, and counseling to assist you in managing the challenges of living with cancer. Visit http://www.nmh.org/hlc or call 312.926.5465 or 312.472.3640. You can also email questions to hlc@nmh.org. Expect an answer within two business days.
Last UpdateSeptember 4, 2013