Friday, August 24, 2007

Loyola offers five free cancer networking groups

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Health System is adding a gastroenterology cancer group to its fall 2007 line-up of networking groups. Beginning in September, Loyola will hold free networking groups on five types of cancers: gastroenterology, lung, breast, mouth/head/neck and brain.

Open to the public, patients, caregivers and families, each meeting is free of charge. Refreshments will be provided and parking is free. Registration is not required. Attendees do not have to be Loyola patients.

All programs meet from 6 - 7 p.m. and take place on the Loyola University Medical Center campus, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, Ill., in the Coleman Foundation Image Renewal Center of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.

The networking group schedule is:

GASTROENTEROLOGY Cancer Networking Group, (second Wednesday of the month) Sept. 12, Oct. 10 and Nov. 14. Includes esophageal, stomach, intestinal, colon, rectal, anal, bile duct, gallbladder, pancreatic and liver cancers. For information on the gastroenterology cancer networking group, call (888) LUHS-888 and ask for extension 73088.

LUNG Cancer Networking Group, (first Tuesday of the month) Sept. 4, Oct. 2 and Nov. 6.

BREAST Cancer Networking Group, (third Thursday of the month) Sept. 20, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15.

For information on the lung and breast cancer networking groups, call (888) LUHS-888 and ask for extension 72042.

BRAIN Tumor Networking Group, (fourth Wednesday of the month) Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 28.

ORAL/HEAD/NECK Cancer Networking Group, Sept. 19 and Nov. 21.

For information on the brain tumor and oral/head/neck cancer networking groups, call (888) LUHS-888 and ask for extension 72061.

Year-round spa-type services and networking are available at Loyola's Coleman Foundation Image Renewal Center for people who are undergoing treatment for cancer. The first facility of its kind in Illinois, it is designed to help patients revitalize their self-image in a comfortable and relaxing setting. To schedule an appointment at the center, call (888) LUHS-888 and ask for extension 72277.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Loyola as one of the top 50 hospitals nationwide for Cancer, Geriatrics and Heart & Heart Surgery in the magazine's 2007 annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue.

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.