Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Loyola Groups Offer Support to Cancer Patients, Families, Caregivers

MAYWOOD, Ill. - A diagnosis of cancer affects the patient as well as their family and friends. All can struggle with shock, disbelief, fear, anxiety, guilt, sadness, anger and other strong emotions that may make it difficult for them to cope.

For those overwhelmed by a cancer diagnosis, support groups provide opportunities to gain comfort and hope from listening to another patient's experiences, sharing one’s own story or getting the latest information from medical professionals. The Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center of Loyola University Hospital in Maywood offers a variety of support groups for cancer patients and their families, friends and caregivers. A social worker, nurse or psychologist leads the groups, which also provide information and practical help to participants. The groups include:

* Brain Tumor Networking Group - Group meets from 6-7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Group will meet in September and October.

* Breast Cancer Networking Group - Meets from 6-7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Group will meet in September, October and November.

* Gastroenterology Cancer Networking Group - Group meets from 6-7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in September, October and November. Appropriate for patients, family and friends dealing with one of the following cancer diagnoses: esophageal, stomach, intestinal, colon, rectal, anal, bile duct, gallbladder, pancreatic and liver.

* Lung Cancer Networking Group - Group meets from 6-7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in September, October and November.

* Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Networking Group - Group meets from 6-7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in September, October and November.

Meetings are free and take place in the Image Renewal Center Conference Room in the Cancer Center. Registration is not required and refreshments are provided. Parking is available in the Cancer Center parking lot. For more information, call (708) 327-2042.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.