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.

If you have any questions about our classes or workshops, contact us at loransmithcenter@piedmont.org.

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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.


Upcoming Programs and Workshops

  • Cocoa & Cookies with Santa
    December 11, 2019: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Join the Loran Smith Center for an afternoon of holiday cheer! Santa and his helpers will be at the Healing Lodge with cocoa, cookies and photo opportunities. All are welcome to join the fun!


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 correlates 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.
  • Blood Cancer Support Group
    First Tuesday of every month 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
    Open to any patient or caregiver with a blood cancer diagnosis. This includes anyone affected by Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma and other hematologic illnesses managed by an oncologist.
    Facilitated by Lauren Liverman, LCSW
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