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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 postpone all upcoming in person group programs (nutrition workshops, Tai Chi Chih, Yoga), and individual therapies (massage, healing touch, reiki). The Loran Smith Center staff remains available to you by phone, email or by online appointments.

 

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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Online Programs and Workshops

  • Live Online Tai Chi Chih Class
    Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 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.
    Led by Julie Buffalo, R.N.
    Call the Loran Smith Center to receive details on how to join.
     
  • Live Online Yoga for Hope, Peace & Cancer Recovery Class
    Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    This yoga class offers people with cancer gentle movements in a nurturing environment.
    Call the Loran Smith Center to receive details on how to join.
     
  • Online Mindfulness Practice Evening
    The second Friday of each month, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Mindfulness is a well-researched way to reduce stress and anxiety; all are welcome.
    Join the Mindful Practice Evening Here
    Meeting number: 844 7900 0963
    Password: 606893]

Upcoming Programs and Workshops

  • Online Hormone Therapy Class*
    October 15, 2020: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    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

  • Online Hormone Therapy Class*
    November 9, 2020: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    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

*All virtual programs require a web link to participate. Contact the Loran Smith Center for more details.

 

Support Groups

  • Online 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.
     
  • Online 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. Lunch is served at this program.
     
  • Online 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.
     
  • Online 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 Online 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.
    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

*All support groups are meeting online. Contact the Loran Smith Center for more details.

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