E-News: Fresh Ideas for Living Well

Schedule a Virtual Wig Consultation

LivingWell is now offering virtual wig consultations for patients experiencing hair loss as a result of cancer treatments. Our wig specialists will help you choose a wig that fits your needs, lifestyle and budget from the privacy of your home. Learn more and schedule a consult ►

What is a "Scalp Cooling Cap" and Does it Prevent Hair Loss for Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy Treatment?

Join this educational webinar on Monday, August 10 at 6:00 pm to learn more about scalp cooling caps, how they work, success rates in preventing hair loss, and if you are a good candidate for using one during chemo treatments.

Presented by Patti Frey, MSN, RN, OCN, nurse, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, Jennifer Tepper, Advanced Practice Nurse, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital ,and Alison Zubel, cancer survivor and founder, Hoopla for Hair.

Notes on Joining this Webinar
After clicking Join this educational webinar, you'll be prompted to enter the meeting. If using your phone for audio, click PHONE AUDIO. If using your PC mic or PC headset, click JOIN NOW. If joining in a room where you don't need audio, select AUDIO OFF. Please note:  Microsoft Teams must be run through Google Chrome to work properly on a computer, smart phone or tablet.  Learn more about Microsoft Teams.

For audio-only participation in the meeting, call +1 872-240-1267.
Conference ID: 183 145 144#

Does Your Self-Esteem Need a Boost?

In the seventh episode of "Ask a Counselor," LivingWell counselors Christine McMinn LCPC, CT, Kelley Navar LCPC, and Missy Petty LCPC, share positive and effective ways to build a healthy sense of self-worth, including two valuable resources: "Self Esteem" and the "Self Esteem Companion," both by author Matthew McKay, PhD. Tune in!
If you'd like to learn more about LivingWell Cancer Resource Center's counseling services and support groups for patients with cancer and their caretakers/loved ones, please send an e-mail to Christine, Kelley and Missy at counseling@livingwellcrc.org. All services are provided at no cost.
Bridge Walk 2020!

Join us as LivingWell Cancer Resource Center’s Bridge Walk and Northwestern Medicine’s Cancer Survivors’ Day Celebration partner for a brand new virtual event on September 25! Register ►

And, check out the gallery of photos from the 2020 Bridge Walk Kickoff Car Parade. Thanks to all who participated! It was a blast!

Make Recipes With Summer Berries

In episode 12 of LivingWell's "Quick Bites" cooking class series, Northwestern Medicine/LivingWell Dietitian Nancy Zawicki, RD, LDN, MS, makes the most of fresh summer fruit. She demonstrates how to use berries to make strawberry bruschetta with goat cheese, a beautiful summer berry salad with chicken that can be a main or side dish, and a star-spangled dessert. For the recipes, visit http://livingwellcrc.org/recipe-corner.

Cancer and the Emergency Room:
Do You Know When (and When Not) to Go?

In case you missed it, Dr. Christopher George, Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, held a live interview with Dr. Parkson Lin, Emergency Medicine, Valley Emergency Care Management, Northwestern Medicine, to answer such questions as:

  • Are there cancer treatments you can give in the emergency room?
  • What are some of the challenges you have managing cancer patients in the ER?
  • How has the waiting room changed?
  • When is the ER most busy? Least busy?
  • What are some of the key pieces of information you need to know to care for patients with cancer in the ER?
  • Are you able to speak with oncology providers when you have their patients in the ER?
  • Are there cancer-related medical problems that could be better treated somewhere else?

Get the latest on Prostate Cancer from Dr. Michael Kahn

Watch the latest Facebook LIVE with Dr. Michael Kahn, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. Dr. Kahn shared current information you should know about prostate cancer and fielded questions from the live audience.

See What's Next on Facebook LIVE ...
Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 pm
Pancreatic Cancer Management: What You Need to Know
Dr. Akhil Chawla, Surgical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Monday, August 17, 4:30 pm
Chemo Before Surgery? HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Treatment Options
Dr. Dragana Tomic, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Thursday, August 27, 10:00 am
An Unexpected Side Effect of Cancer Treatment: Peripheral Neuropathy
Dr. Jinny Tavee, Associate Professor and Medical Director, Neuromuscular Division, and Director, EMG – Neurodiagnostic Testing Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 pm
Not Your Father’s Prostate Cancer
Dr. Christopher George, Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Thursday, September 10. 1:00 pm
Acupressure for Stress Relief
Linnea Winquist, Director of Spiritual Care and Education, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Wednesday, September 23, 1:00 pm
Precision Radiation Therapy: Transforming Cancer Care Through Advanced Technology
Dr. Adil Akthar, Radiation Oncology, Radiation Oncology Consultants, Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center

Monday, October 5, 1:00 pm
Rise in Tonsillar Cancer: What’s Behind It?
Dr. Arpi Thukral, Radiation Oncology, Radiation Oncology Consultants, Northwestern Medicine

Wednesday, October 14, 11:00 am
COVID and Cancer: What We Know Now
Dr. Kevin Most, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Friday, October 23, 1:00 pm
What is “Hot Chemo” or Hyperthermic Intrathoracic Chemotherapy (HITHOC) … and am I a candidate for this treatment?
Dr. John Abad, Director of Surgical and GI Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Prep for Your Next Telehealth Appointment

Your doctor sent you a link to a virtual appointment. Now what? Download LivingWell's new "Telehealth Tip Sheet" developed by LivingWell counselors to help you prepare for a telehealth visit.
Take a Core and Flexibility Class

A new Core and Flexibility class on Thursdays at 11:00 am with Jennifer Artman has been added to our weekly online classes! Take a look at the entire schedule below. For links to each class below, contact info@livingwellcrc.org. (To participate, you must have a New Participant Form and current Medical Release Form on file.)


  • Mondays, 9:00 - 10:00 am, Yoga with Sheri Minnick
  • Mondays, 10:00 - 10:45 am, Chair Yoga with Sheri Minnick

  • Tuesdays, 10:00 - 10:45 am, Chair Fitness for Cancer Recovery with Jennifer Artman
  • Tuesdays, 11:00 - 11:30 am, Balance and Core Fitness with Jennifer Artman

  • NEW! Wednesdays, 9:00 - 9:45 am, Beginner Tai Chi with Sheri Minnick
  • Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Gentle and Restorative Yoga with Sheri Minnick

  • Thursdays, 10:00 - 10:45 am, Fitness for Cancer Recovery with Jennifer Artman
  • NEW! Thursdays, 11:00 - 11:45 am, Core and Flexibility with Jennifer Artman

Can't take an online fitness/yoga class this week? No worries!
Join an Online Support Group

Several LivingWell support groups are now online. To receive a link to join any of the following groups, contact counseling@livingwellcrc.org.

Caregiver Support
Every other Tuesday, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. (Summer dates: July 21, August 4, August 18)
This support group embraces the importance of those dedicated to caring for loved ones who are living with cancer and provides opportunities to network with other caregivers facing similar challenges.

Facing Cancer Together (FACT)
Every other Tuesday, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. (Summer dates: July 21, August 4, August 18)
FACT is a support group for people with any type or stage of cancer, and is appropriate for patients who are newly diagnosed, in treatment, completing treatment, or living with cancer as a chronic illness.

NEW! Young Adults With Cancer
Second Monday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
LivingWell's new monthly support group for young adults (ages 18-39) with a cancer diagnosis.

Good Grief
First and third Thursdays of each month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm 
Navigating life after loss is challenging, but having the support of others who understand can help. This group provides emotional support and connection for individuals who have experienced the loss of an adult loved one to cancer within the past 12 months.

Grief Transitions
Second Monday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 
Share experiences and form connections with others who have experienced the loss of an adult loved one to cancer. This group is open to individuals who are navigating life with loss after their first year of grief.

Journaling and Altered Art
Every other Tuesday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Summer dates: July 21, August 4, August 18)
Learn strategies to help put your thoughts and feelings down on paper and incorporate art into your journal.

Breast (General)
Third Monday of each month, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Breast (Mastectomy)
Fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 

Breast (Metastatic)
Third Monday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma
Fourth Monday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 

Brain Tumor
Second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm 

Us TOO Prostate
Third Tuesday of each month, 10:30 – 11:30 am (Join the meeting)
NEW! Men’s Virtual Breakfast Group
Third Saturday of each month
8:00 – 9:30 am (Join the meeting)

The next Men's Breakfast Group meeting is Saturday, August 15 with guest speaker Jonah Czerwinskyj, MSW, cancer support specialist, Imerman Angels. Jonah first connected with Imerman Angels in 2013 after he was diagnosed with cancer and sought a mentor. This experience was so meaningful that he was moved to become a Mentor Angel in 2014. Jonah’s passion for the organization continued to grow over the years and Jonah joined Imerman Angels as a Cancer Support Specialist in 2019. In this role, he aids in connecting Support Seekers with Mentor Angels. During the Men's Virtual Breakfast, Jonah will share information about this one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers and how you can get involved as a mentor or mentee.

How to Join this Virtual Group Meeting
After clicking  Join the Meeting , you'll be prompted to enter the meeting. If using your phone for audio, click PHONE AUDIO. If using your PC mic or PC headset, click JOIN NOW. If joining in a room where you don't need audio, select AUDIO OFF. Please note:  Microsoft Teams must be run through Google Chrome to work properly on a computer, smart phone or tablet.  Learn more  about Microsoft Teams.

For audio-only participation in the meeting, call +1 872-240-1267.
Conference ID: 633 572 204#