Piedmont Athens Regional

1199 Prince Ave.
Athens, GA 30606

Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support

At the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support, we recognize the need to support and treat the patient and family – not just the disease. Because cancer treatment involves more than medical care, free services and programs such as yoga, tai chi, nutrition classes, expressive art classes, complementary therapies (oncology massage, Healing Touch, and Reiki), and counseling are also available to anyone affected by cancer at any phase in his or her journey, regardless of whether or not they are a Piedmont patient.

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Year-Round Programs and Workshops

  • Tai Chi Chih
    Mondays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Tai Chi Chih is called a moving meditation and aids in relaxation and overall better health and wellness.
    Led by Julie Buffalo, R.N.
  • Healing Touch
    Tuesdays by appointment
    Offered by Robin Johnson
  • Oncology Massage
    Select Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment
    Offered by Erika Jantzen and Melissa Yonce-Hayes
  • Reiki
    Wednesdays by appointment
    Offered by Bobby Tyler
  • Yoga for Hope, Peace & Cancer Recovery
    Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    This yoga class offers people with cancer gentle movements in a nurturing environment.
    Led by Lauren Liverman, LCSW
  • Free Mindfulness Discussion and Practice Class
    2nd Friday of each month, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Learn ways to reduce stress, lessen physical and emotional pain, and cope better with everyday demands. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, of being present in every moment in your life. Research has shown mindfulness meditation to be helpful with many health conditions. It is thought to reconnect the body, mind, and emotions in a conscious and compassionate manner.
    Led by Mike Healy, Ed.D.
  • Healing Grief Workshop
    A nine-week workshop for those suffering from the loss of a loved one. The loss does not have to be a cancer-related death. Topics include accepting role changes and grief anniversaries. This workshop is offered twice a year, in the Winter and in the Fall. Please call the Center for more information.
    Led by Lauren Liverman, LCSW


Upcoming Programs and Workshops

  • Hormone Therapy Retreat for Breast Cancer Patients
    Upcoming dates: April 8th 2019, June 10th 2019, or August 12th 2019
    RSVP required!
    The purpose of this class is to increase your understanding of therapy for breast cancer and provide tools to manage selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) or Aromatase Inhibitors (AIs). In this retreat you will learn the science behind the treatment, discuss methods for managing side effects, learn about complementary therapies and their benefits, have an introduction to yoga or tai chi, and enjoy a nutritious lunch.
    Led by Sandy Pyle, BSN, RN
  • Tai Chi at Oconee Health Campus
    Thursday, April 25th – May 16th 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    RSVP required!
    For cancer patients, survivors, and cancer caregivers.
    Led by Valerie Fagan, MSW
  • Nutrition For A Better You: Lunch and Grocery Trip
    Friday, April 26th 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    RSVP required!
    Join Lisa Eisele, RD, LD, for a nutritious lunch at the Griffin-DuBose Healing Lodge and then take a trip to the grocery store to learn how to shop smarter!
    This program is for cancer patients and survivors.
    Led by Lisa Eisele, R.D., L.D.
  • Tai Chi for Health Workshop
    Monday, May 6-20th and June 3-17th 2019, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    RSVP required!
    In Tai Chi for Health you will learn slow and gentle movements suitable for people of all levels of ability.
    Led by Julie Buffalo, RN
  • Integrative Therapy Retreat
    Friday, May 17th 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    RSVP required!
    This free one day retreat includes guided relaxation practice, healing writing, expressive arts, and yoga. This retreat is a wonderful introduction and sampling of the programs offered by the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support.
  • Let’s Talk About Sex
    Thursday, May 23rd 2019, 5:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
    RSVP required!
    A fun and safe environment to discuss challenges related to the impact of cancer and cancer treatments on our sexual health. We will enjoy heavy hors d’oeurves, watch “Love, Sweat and Tears”, meet local vendors, and learn about our communities resources. This evening program is open to female cancer patients and survivors.
    Led by Sandy Pyle, BSN, RN and Lauren Kennedy, LMSW
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workshop
    Monday, September 9th-October 28th 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Ancient wisdom and modern medicine blend to create an effective, evidence-based program. Instruction in mindfulness practices, meditation, gentle movement, and inquiry in a safe, supportive environment. Instruction, guided mindfulness practice CD's, workbook, and mindfulness retreat (Saturday, March 23) are included. This workshop is proven to be effective in helping to treat: chronic, work, family, or financial stress; anxiety, cancer, depression, high blood pressure, GI distress, chronic illness and pain, insomnia, and more. Registration fee: $224. For more information or to register, go to Mindful Living website or email Mike Healy at mfhealy@bellsouth.net.


Support Groups

  • Breast Cancer Support Group
    Second Thursday every month: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    For women who are newly diagnosed, in treatment or have completed treatment. A light dinner will be served.
  • Facing Cancer with Love and Laughter
    Third Wednesday every month: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    This general support group is open to cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Each month there is a new discussion or presentation topic that coorelates with cancer care and support. Lunch is served at this program.
  • Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
    Second Tuesday every month: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    For women managing a diagnosis of any gynecologic cancer including ovarian, cervical and endometrial/uterine cancers.
  • Prostate Cancer Support Group
    First Thursday every month: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    A confidential setting for men to discuss prostate cancer treatment, side-effects, and survivorship.
  • Us TOO Prostate Cancer Education and Support Program
    Second Thursday every month: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    This group is open to prostate cancer patients including those newly diagnosed, in treatment, or those who have completed treatment. Spouses, partners, and/or adult caregivers may attend.