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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.

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
     
  • 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

  • Hormone Therapy retreat
    Monday, January 13, 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

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Workshop
    Monday, January 27, 2020 for eight weeks.
    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. For more information and to register go to MindfuLiving.Org.
    Led by Mike Healy, Ed.D.; certified to teach MBSR by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Mindfulness.

  • Healing Grief Workshop
    Wednesdays starting February 12, 2020 - April 8, 2020
    A nine-week workshop for those who have lost someone through death. The loss does not have to be a cancer related death. Topics will include: understanding grief, remembering, accepting, stress management, anniversaries, memorialization, role changes, and closure. Pre-registration is required.
    Led by Lauren Liverman, LCSW and LaDavia Prescott, MSW intern

  • Expressive Art Workshop
    Friday, February 28, 2020: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
    There is so much to discover when we slow down and tune in. This class is meant to help you experience something simple, like how we move, in a whole new way using simple drawing materials.
    Led by Sarah Pattison

 

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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