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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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In compliance with CDC guidelines and Piedmont Healthcare policy, The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support is offering in-person programming on a limited basis as well as online/virtual options. Please contact the center or revisit this website for updates.

Programs and Workshops

  • Mindfulness Practice Evening
    Second Friday, 6 - 7:00 p.m.
    Learn ways to reduce stress, lessen physical and emotional pain, and cope better with everyday demands. For more information visit
    Facilitated by Mike Healy

  • Tai Chi Chih Class
    Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    T’ai chi chih is a moving meditation that improves fitness of mind and body. It is easy to learn and can be done by people of all ages and ability levels.
    Led by Julie Buffalo, R.N. Call the Loran Smith Center for more details.

  • Yoga for Hope, Peace & Cancer Recovery Class
    Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    This yoga class offers people gentle movements in a nurturing environment.
    Led by Lauren Liverman, LCSW
    Call the Loran Smith Center for more details.
  • Oncology Massage Appointment with Erika Jantzen
    Wednesdays, by appointment only
  • Healing Touch Appointment with Robin Johnson
    Mondays and Tuesdays, by appointment only

Upcoming Programs and Workshops

  • Hormone Therapy Class
    September 22, 2021: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    This class is for women on hormone therapy for breast cancer (Tamoxifen, Arimidex, Aromasin or Femara). During this retreat you will learn the science behind the treatment and discuss methods for managing side effect. RSVP required. Led by Sandy Pyle, BSN, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator.

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: 12:00 p.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.
  • 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.
  • Blood Cancer Support Group
    First Tuesday of every month 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    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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