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Transforming Cancer Care with the Help of Our Donors

The Cancer Survivorship Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University is an interdisciplinary institute that brings together clinicians and scientists to stimulate and support exceptional cancer survivorship patient care and research programs. Our patient centered approach provides comprehensive supportive oncology services including psychosocial, rehabilitative, integrative and palliative care. Our specialized survivorship clinics address the unique needs of specific groups of cancer survivors. The Institute is closely aligned with the Lurie Cancer Center's Cancer Control and Survivorship research program where an interdisciplinary team of researchers conducts various studies aimed at improving the lives of cancer patients, their families and caregivers.

Through the generous gifts of donors, we have recently expanded several key clinical care, educational programs and translational research initiatives:

Online Patient Orientation - This tool allows patients to easily access information about Northwestern Lurie Cancer Center clinical programs, staff members, understanding what happens during their clinic visits and other pertinent topics. 

Cancer Connections – This educational series, designed for all cancer patients at Northwestern Medicine, includes a variety of participatory sessions and educational lectures on topics such as meditation and mindfulness exercises, nutrition, and support. Participants enjoy healthy snacks and have the opportunity to a short relaxation massage. 

Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Survivorship Program – This program at Northwestern Memorial’s Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care provides comprehensive psychosocial and medical services to breast cancer survivors. This program officially launched in May 2012 with specialists in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, social work, nutrition and fertility preservation. Together, these care providers offer individualized services to women affected by cancer and will emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle, both during and after cancer treatment.

Supportive Oncology –A grant to the Lurie Cancer Center from the Coleman Foundation provided critically needed support to expand services by adding additional clinicians to address the psychosocial needs of our cancer survivors and our survivorship clinics such as SOAR—a Specialty Cancer Survivorship Clinic that addresses the unique physical needs of elderly cancer survivors.

Our Supportive Oncology Program has been transformed by our donors,” says Tim Pearman, PhD, Director of Supportive Oncology. “A significant portion of our budget comes directly from the generosity of the community, and it goes directly toward providing support to patients at a time of great need.” 

“The generous support of our donors allows us to provide unique, critically needed, state-of-the-art and evidence-based clinical services to our cancer survivors,” says Frank Penedo, PhD, Director of the Cancer Survivorship Institute. “Many of these unique services are not supported by other traditional resources such as health insurance. Therefore, our donors play a key role in meeting the many psychosocial and medical needs of our cancer survivors.”

Click here to donate to Supportive Oncology, or contact David Sack at Northwestern Memorial Foundation to learn more about funding needs in Oncology.