Piedmont Athens Regional

1199 Prince Ave.
Athens, GA 30606

Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support

In order to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19, we have decided to cancel all upcoming group programs (nutrition workshop, Tai Chi Chih, Yoga), and individual therapies (massage, healing touch, reiki) until further notice. The Loran Smith Center staff remains available to you by phone, email or by appointment.


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.
    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. Three 12-week sessions will be offered every Monday in 2020! The first session begins January 27 and runs through April 13.
    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
  • 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 Practice Evening
    2nd Friday of each month, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Online using Zoom - please visit MindfuLiving.Org for more information
    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 .
    Led by Mike Healy, Ed.D., certified to teach Mindfulness by the Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Mindfulness


Upcoming Programs and Workshops

  • Hormone Therapy retreat
    March 9, 2020 and April 20, 2020: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    This retreat 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 effects. Together the group will enjoy a healthy lunch and have an introduction to yoga. RSVP required.
    Led by Sandy Pyle, BSN, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator

  • Nutrition for a Better You
    Monday, March 23, 2020: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    March is National Nutrition Month! Join Lisa Eisele, RD, LD, to learn about the benefits of good nutrition. Space is limited and registration is required!

  • The Write to be Angry
    Friday, April 17, 2020: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    A positive outlook is important to healing, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a right to be angry. We are going to give cancer a good talking to in our writing. We’re going to ask cancer some hard questions and express what it has cost us physically, socially, emotionally, financially, and/or spiritually. You’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel!

  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer: Survivorship Series for Young Women
    Saturday, April 18, 2020 and May 9, 2020 from 10:30am to 1:30 pm
    This program is designed for women diagnosed with breast cancer at or before the age of 45. The objective is to increase knowledge of survivorship topics and make behavioral changes to increase quality of life after breast cancer. The program is made up of four segments: Long-Term Effects, Self-Care, Menopause, and Sex and Intimacy. Please call to register!
    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: 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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