Supportive Oncology in the Northern Suburbs

Supportive Oncology in the Northern Suburbs

Supportive Oncology in the Northern Suburbs

At Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital we emphasize the importance of meeting your emotional and spiritual needs during cancer treatment. That is why we offer support groups, classes, events and other resources to further help the healing process.

These include:

  • Oncology physical therapy
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Community wellness centers
  • Wig boutique
  • Cancer-related fatigue program
  • American Cancer Society patient navigation
  • Access to services through JourneyCare™

Psychosocial and Spiritual Support

The diagnosis and treatment of cancer can be extremely stressful—not only for you, but also for your family. Psychosocial and spiritual support includes education programs, individual and family counseling.

The chaplains of our Pastoral Care Department represent all faiths and are available at all times to support your spiritual needs. Your own personal spiritual leaders are always welcome to visit you at the hospital.

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital also has a dedicated chapel for private worship and reflection on the first floor of the main hospital. Contact Pastoral Care at 847.535.6070 if you would like to have a sacred text, a rosary, prayer rug or other items for prayer and worship during your stay.

Survive Strong (Cancer-related Fatigue Program)

Research shows that low to moderate exercise in cancer patients can reduce and even prevent cancer-related fatigue; reduce side effects of chemotherapy and radiation; improve quality of life and possibly even survival rates.

That’s why Lake Forest Hospital’s Rehabilitative Services has teamed up with the Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Health & Fitness Center to offer Survive Strong, a Cancer-Related Fatigue Program. This eight-week program combines individual physical therapy evaluation and group exercise led by a personal trainer with nutrition counseling from a registered dietitian.

This program is designed for individuals diagnosed with any stage of cancer who experience fatigue or weakness, or are unsure how to initiate exercise. It is appropriate for anyone currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or anyone who has completed cancer treatment within the past year. A physician’s referral is required. All physical therapists and personal trainers are certified as Cancer Exercise Specialists. For more information or to register, please visit or call 847.535.7718.

Therapeutic Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Reduce stress and improve wellness through yoga. This class meets weekly at the Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Health & Fitness Center and at Northwestern Medicine Grayslake Outpatient Center. Space is limited. Find upcoming classes and register online in our event calendar.

Compression Therapy and Intimate Apparel

Our partner, Benchmark Atlantic Healthcare, offers certified garment fitting and lymphedema garments for patients prescribed compression garments to manage lymphedema. Postoperative bras, camisoles and breast prosthetics are also available. Call Benchmark Atlantic directly at 815.578.0304.

Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema, the swelling of an arm, leg or other body part caused by the accumulation of lymph fluid, is a common post-cancer surgery or post-radiation occurrence in women and men. It can manifest itself in tissue swelling, skin changes, increased risk for chronic infections and slowing of tissue healing.

Our certified lymphedema therapists implement Complete Decongestive Therapy, a non-invasive and painless therapy that includes compression bandages, exercise, lymph drainage and skin care. They also provide education on risk reduction and risk evaluation for lymphedema.

In addition, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is currently piloting the success of new technology that detects lymphedema before it becomes clinically detectable. Learn more about Lymphedema Therapy.

Patient Education

We offer several classes on what to expect as a survivor, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, effective prevention and more. Classes include:

  • Breast Self-Exam Class: Breast self-exam is an important tool in maintaining women's health. This class offers a hands-on demonstration taught by our nurse navigators.
  • I Can Cope®: Based on information from the American Cancer Society, these classes offer important facts and practical tips about cancer and related issues.
  • Look Good Feel Better®: Learn beauty techniques to help you manage appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
  • Cancer Q&A: Connecting Patients and Families to Resources: Presented in collaboration with Midwest CareCenter, Cancer Wellness Center and the American Cancer Society, this is an opportunity to learn about available resources and support.

Find upcoming classes in our event calendar or call 847.535.7441 for more information.

Palliative Care

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital provides palliative care consultation to cancer patients and their families. Our Palliative Care Services team includes physicians and nurses specially trained to help you understand your prognosis and the care options available to you.

Palliative care aims to improve your quality of life by relieving the symptoms associated with serious illness. It can begin at any stage of a life-altering illness—at the time of diagnosis is best—to help you live with your illness, manage side effects of aggressive, curative treatment and find ways to handle the day-to-day challenges.

Palliative Care Services is a consultative service. This means that, at the request of your attending physician, palliative care specialists can evaluate your condition to help you make treatment decisions.

Learn more about our palliative care services. To schedule a consultation, your attending, primary care physician or you can contact our Palliative Care Services team at 847.535.2134.

American Cancer Society Patient Navigation

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital works with the American Cancer Society to help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options, as well as help you take advantage of all the support services we have to offer. For more information, visit

Cancer Survivors Networking Group

This quarterly networking group welcomes all individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and are seeking guidance, information and support from others. Find upcoming classes in our event calendar.

Community Wellness Centers

The following are centers in the Chicagoland area that help cancer patients and their families through education, wellness programs and support groups.

Cancer Wellness Center
215 Revere Drive, Northbrook
18360 West Old Gages Lake Road
Grayslake, IL

Gilda's Club
537 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL

The Cancer Support Center
2028 Elm Road
Homewood, IL

Wellness House
131 North County Line Road
Hinsdale, IL