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Cancer Support & Survivorship

Improve your cancer treatment experience and recovery with support for your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being from Rush-Copley.

Advanced Illness Support Clinic

If you have terminal cancer, the Advanced Illness Support Clinic will provide compassionate care that helps you and your family cope with your diagnosis and improve your quality of life. You gain access to:

  • Community services
  • Pain management techniques
  • Social and spiritual support
  • Resources that help you create advance directives, which detail your decisions about end-of-life care

You benefit from Seasons Medical Group practitioners who are experts in hospice care and work with your doctors to ensure you receive comprehensive services tailored to you.

Breast Health Navigator

For guidance on your journey through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, rely on our breast health navigator. This specially trained nurse will:

  • Coordinate testing and medical appointments
  • Educate you about your condition and treatment options
  • Help you communicate with your doctors
  • Connect you with resources at Rush Copley and in the local community

Caring Forward: Cancer Survivorship Program

After completing cancer treatment, learn how to take care of your physical, emotional and social health. Join fellow survivors in Caring Forward, our cancer survivorship program, where you’ll get advice from medical experts and build friendships.

Clinical Social Work & Professional Counseling

You and your family can find help coping with your condition by meeting with our clinical social worker for professional counseling. The social worker also can assist you in finding ways to meet your practical needs, such as financial aid and transportation to medical appointments.

Financial Counseling

To learn about your options for financial assistance, call our Cancer Care Center at 630-978-6252 and request an appointment with a financial counselor.

Massage Therapy

Oncology massage is an approach to massage therapy based in both compassion and specialized massage treatments to help people manage their experience with cancer.

Medical Interpreters

If you rely on sign language or primarily speak a language other than English, call our Cancer Care Center to arrange free interpreter services for your medical appointments.

Music Therapy

Relax and improve your mood with weekly sessions of music therapy as long as you’re in treatment. You’ll meet with a professional music therapist who plays songs geared to your taste.

Nutrition Counseling

Get the nutrients your body needs during chemotherapy or radiation therapy by taking advantage of NutriTherapy, our nutrition support program. When you begin cancer treatment, you’ll be offered a consultation with a registered dietitian who will:

  • Teach you how to choose and prepare healthy foods you can eat even if you experience nausea, mouth sores, taste changes or other treatment side effects
  • Explain how nutrition can help your body respond better to treatment

As long as you’re in treatment, continue to ask your dietitian questions to make sure you know how to get the nutrition you need as easily as possible.

To request an appointment with a registered dietitian, call 630-375-2859 or email NutriTherapy@rushcopley.com. You’re welcome to invite a family member to your consultation for support.

Oncology and Survivorship Navigator

Our Oncology and Survivorship Navigator will help guide you through the process from the point of diagnosis. The nurse coordinates care from diagnosis, treatment (surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy) through survivorship. This person is dedicated to helping patients and families overcome common healthcare barriers.

Patient Library

Get access to computers, books and brochures that offer information about cancer in our comfortable patient library, open to all patients and families. Located at the Rush Copley Cancer Care Center, the library is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Spiritual Care

Ask a nurse for help contacting a clinically trained chaplain who can provide encouragement and comfort. You can also pray or meditate in our interfaith chapel, open 24/7 on the second floor of Rush Copley Medical Center.

Support Groups

Build friendships, learn problem-solving skills and discover coping methods by joining one or more support groups.

Yoga

To reduce stress and fatigue and sleep better, take part in free, weekly Cancer Care Yoga sessions at Waterford Place. For more information, call Waterford Place at 331-301-5280.

Comprehensive Cancer Care Center

Learn More About Our Cancer Care Services

Read more about how we help the community fight cancer in our 2015 Annual Cancer Services Report. You can access past information in our 20142013 and 2012 reports.  Also available is the 2016 Colorectal Cancer Initiative report.

You’ll benefit from the convenience of having all of the cancer care services you need in one central location. In fact, the Rush Copley Cancer Care Center was the first of its kind in the area. Here, you can find everything from advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies to complementary support services, such as:

  • Patient education
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Social work
  • Spiritual support
Waterford Place

Cancer Support at Waterford Place

Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center, located adjacent to Rush Copley’s Aurora campus at 1310 Waterford Drive, provides services and support to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Waterford Place is a warm, welcoming environment where participants can connect with support services including mind-body classes, expressive therapies and informational programs along with a salon featuring an American Cancer Society® wig boutique. Programming focuses on the practical, from what to expect from treatment to how to balance practical concerns such as finances, working, health insurance as well as the emotional side of the disease. Regular lectures from clinical specialists and other health professionals help keep you informed on the latest research and treatment options, and on topics such as how to help caregivers and maintain relationships.