Piedmont Athens Regional

1199 Prince Ave.
Athens, GA 30606


Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support

The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support

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At Piedmont Athens Regional, we treat the patient – not just the disease. Because cancer treatment involves more than medical care, the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support empowers our patients and their families affected by cancer throughout their journey with services and programs that aim to help with their physical, mental and spiritual health. The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support has been a staple of the Athens community for years, offering a full range of support to help guide patients and families through one of the most difficult times of their lives.

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Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support Services

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



  • Hormone Therapy Class
    Dates: April 15th, July 15th, September 16th, November 4th
    Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Facilitated by Robin Black, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator
    This class is for women on hormone therapy for estrogen receptor positive breast cancer (Tamoxifen, Arimidex, Aromasin, Femara, etc). In this class you will learn the science behind the treatment and discuss methods for managing side effects.
    RSVP required. Call 706-475-4900.


  • T'ai Chi Class
    Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    T'ai Chi 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.

  • Yoga, Peace, Calm and Hope
    Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    This ongoing, weekly yoga class is designed for the cancer patient. The class incorporates gentle movement in a nurturing environment. To help increase energy, remove pain, and recover strength.


  • Healing Touch
    Individual sessions focus on the body's energy system to promote relaxation, reduce stress and minimize side effects.
    By appointment only. Call 706-475-4900.
  • Mindfulness for Mind and Body
    Facilitated by Brooke Bidez, LMSW
    Every Thursday from 10:30am - 11:00am. Out of respect for others, we ask that you do not enter class after 10:30am.
    This in-person class includes a variety of techniques – guided imagery, breathing practices, body observation and awareness – to help address many various conditions including stress, pain, depression, and insomnia.
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
    Facilitated by Mike Healy, Ed.D.
    Learn ways to reduce stress, lessen physical and emotional pain, and cope better with everyday demands. Second Friday each month.
    Call Mike at 706-248-8918 for more information.
Support Groups
  • Breast Cancer Support Groups
    Facilitated by Sandy Pyle, RN, BSN, ONN-CG, and Robin Black, RN Nurse Navigators
    Second Thursday each month at 5:30pm.
    A group for women with a diagnosis of breast cancer to share information, resources and experiences.
  • Grief Support
    Individual and group support for grieving adults.
    By appointment, call 706-475-4900
  • Women's Cancer Support Group
    Facilitated by Robin Black, RN and Brooke Bidez, LMSW
    Second Tuesday each month from 1:00pm - 2:30pm.
    A group for any woman with any type of cancer diagnosis. A group to discuss treatments, side effects, coping, stress reduction and survivorship in a safe, confidential setting.
  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer Support Group
    Facilitated by Robin Black, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator.
    Fourth Monday of every month 2:00pm - 3:00pm.
    A group for women diagnosed with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, aimed to address the unique needs of this community.
  • Illness Adjustment Counseling
    Individual sessions to address issues such as stress, anxiety, treatment decisions, and family communication.
    By appointment, call 706-475-4900.
  • Monday's for Men - General Cancer Support Group
    Facilitated by Joel Siebentritt, LCSW
    Fourth Monday every month: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    A confidential setting for male cancer patients to discuss treatment, side effects and survivorship. Any man from any diagnosis currently in treatment through long-term survivorship is welcome.


  • Nutrition Counseling and Side-effect Management
    Individual sessions by physician referral.
  • Cooking for a Lifetime
    Presented by UGA Extension & Piedmont Athens Regional Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support.
    Where: 240 Talmadge Drive Athens, GA 30606
    When: September 7, 2023 and November 30, 2023
    Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Call for more information and to register!
Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support FAQ How do I contact the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support?

If you are a cancer patient at Piedmont Athens Regional, someone from the center will visit you during your stay.

If you are outside the hospital, you can contact the center at 706-475-4900 or visit the center in Athens at 240 Talmadge Drive. Parking is right next to the center.

In either case, you will have an opportunity to share your concerns and ask questions about support and services that would be helpful to your particular situation.

Compassionate and knowledgeable staff and volunteers are available to assist you with your questions and concerns.


Can anyone really understand what I'm going through?

Only cancer survivors truly know the fears and concerns you're experiencing. Many patients find a support group helps them learn more about their cancer and treatment. It can also help you better understand your thoughts and feelings.

Many of us think that if we were strong enough, we could fix our problems and deal with our fears. That path can be lonely. Talking with other cancer patients helps because they understand and offer hope and encouragement.


What if I don't want to attend meetings or groups but need information and support? Is there something for me?

If you do not want to attend meetings or groups, our Licensed Clinical Social Workers and nurse navigators are available for one on one consultations by phone, on telehealth platforms and in person.


Are there other opportunities for my family to learn about cancer?

Regular workshops are offered in the community to educate people about screening tests and cancer risk factors. The hope is to increase awareness so we will be able to detect cancers sooner and increase the effectiveness of treatments.

The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support also offers a series of free seminars, workshops and classes for cancer patients, families and friends. These programs are all designed to give people the tools they need, as they need them, to navigate their path during diagnosis, treatment and beyond.


Does the Loran Smith Center charge for any of the services provided?

All services are provided free of charge to any patient or family in our community through the Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation, a not-for-profit arm of Piedmont Athens Regional.


Can I help?

The center relies on the generosity of volunteers and benefits from their time and talents in a variety of ways. Many volunteers are cancer survivors or family members, others are interested people from the community, and still others are professionals who give their time and skills.

The compassion and unique perspective of our volunteers enrich our quality of services. If you are interested in volunteering, call 706-475-4900 or email LoranSmithCenter@piedmont.org.

Our mission is to provide all the services of the center at no cost to anyone who enters our door. To assist us, individuals, families and corporations may donate in honor or in memory of a loved one. These donations may be designated for the endowment or direct patient services. For more information, call the Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation at 706-475-9007.

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Healing Grief Workshop

Join us for a nine-week workshop for those who have lost someone through death. The loss does not have to be cancer related. Topics include getting acquainted, stress management, understanding grief, anniversaries, remembering, memorialization, accepting, role changes, closure and evaluation.

When: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from February 14th - April 10th, 2024.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop. Spots are limited. Please call 706-475-4900 today!


Donate to Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support

Patients diagnosed with cancer have a lot of questions and require a lot of support beyond treatment. The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support is here to guide you and give you all the tools you need as you start this journey. Our team provides wellness resources and connects you with other patients, survivors and caregivers. We’re here to support you with a full range of services and programs that help to lessen your anxiety, answer your questions, empower you and guide you through every step of your cancer journey. Piedmont’s comprehensive, integrated approach to your cancer care starts here.

Giving to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support directly helps guide patients and families through their cancer journey. The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support provides free services to any cancer patient in the community (even if they’re not a Piedmont patient).


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Cancer survivor Wanda"I thought that I was strong, but chemotherapy knocked me to my knees. Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support taught me how to accept help from others. They guided me through a challenging time and still support me to this day. Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support is one of the nicest organizations. If you need help, you just have to ask." - Wanda, grateful patient & cancer survivor.


Because you are the hero, your gift to Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support makes a difference in many ways:

  • Advocates preventative care through community workshops
  • Delivers complementary therapies like oncology massage, Healing Touch and Reiki to assist patients on their path to wellness
  • Expands treatment beyond medical care, providing free services and programs such as yoga, tai chi, nutrition classes and more
  • Improves quality of life while focusing on patient comfort
  • Navigates patients, families & friends through a loved one’s treatment via free seminars, workshops & classes
  • Provides counseling and support groups led by certified clinicians
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