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Psychosocial care can heal your whole self

Cancer reaches every aspect of your life. Beyond the medical, it touches on social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychological health for those diagnosed, caregivers, and loved ones. It’s thought more than 50% of people with cancer are affected by psychosocial distress, which affects these areas of well-being.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recognizes that psychosocial care can help people living with cancer by controlling symptoms and reducing pain and treatment side effects, while improving quality of life.

Let’s find what works for you

We offer access to a variety of therapies, treatments, and techniques that can help you heal. No matter who you are, we’ll work toward wellness — your way. What you need may change, and your voice is important. All our programs and services are evidence-based, facilitated by expert staff.

  • Cancer has a surprising impact

    For cancer patients, their family and friends, and caregivers, it’s difficult to cope with worry and stress brought about by diagnosis, demanding treatments, and what comes after. These emotional effects can lead to unexpected challenges in work and home life, possibly even impacting the success of treatment and recovery. We understand this challenge. Together, we’ll help you adapt to a new life after a cancer diagnosis.

Our programs and services cover it all

  • Information & education

    A solid foundation of knowledge can make all the difference. We understand how important it is to find information that’s reliable, relatable, and current — and how hard it can be to do so. In our workshops and sessions, top experts share their knowledge on topics like new treatments, managing side effects, and dealing with cancer. Stop by the Wellness House library in Hinsdale for more resources.

    “I get answers to the hard questions, the questions no one else wants to talk about.”   Frank

  • Support groups & counseling

    Connect with others who get what you’re going through. Whether you have cancer or are close to someone who does, sharing with people who understand can make a big difference in how you feel.

    “Just being with the others in the groups has helped me get through it.”   Ellen

  • Exercise & nutrition

    Healthful eating and staying active is especially important when you live with cancer. Join us for fitness classes specifically designed for those going through treatment and those who have completed treatment. Learn about cancer-related nutrition and cooking demonstrations in the Wellness Kitchen in Hinsdale and other locations in metro Chicago.

    “Wellness House, like yoga, serves the individual. The people I have met at Wellness House have been an inspiration to me.”   Ann, volunteer certified yoga instructor

  • Stress management

    Learn to lessen stress brought on by cancer. Take a meditation class, express yourself through art, writing, and music, or try other techniques like Reiki or self-hypnosis.

    “I have learned not to care about the small stuff. I am very flexible and am moving on, living day by day.”   Anna

  • Child & family programs

    A cancer diagnosis doesn’t just affect the person diagnosed. Our family programs give kids, teens, and parents a place to learn, express how they’re feeling, and heal. You’ll find everything from support groups, to summer camps, to family activities and classes at Wellness House.

    “At first I felt strange, but I can act like a regular kid here. I fit in here.”   Jaclyn