Piedmont Athens Regional

1199 Prince Ave.
Athens, GA 30606

Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support

The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support at Piedmont Athens Regional offers you and your family free programs, yoga classes, guidance and spiritual support through your journey with cancer -- no matter where you receive your treatment.

Our free workshops, seminars and individual counseling address physical side effects of cancer treatment, psychosocial issues, spiritual concerns, complementary therapies and grief.

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Programs, Workshops and Relaxation  

Art Therapy
These classes use different media forms to offer you a way to safely release emotions and to communicate feelings that are difficult to put into words. They also promote relaxation, enjoyment and quality of life.

Healing Grief Workshop
A nine-week workshop for those suffering from the loss of a loved one. The loss does not have to be a cancer-related death. Topics include accepting role changes and grief anniversaries. This workshop is offered twice a year, in the Winter and in the Fall.

Healing Touch
By appointment
Healing Touch promotes relaxation, reduces stress and increases energy by using techniques that influence the energy system of the body through touch.

Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients
Meet with other women taking hormone therapy for breast cancer and learn about the research behind the treatment and how it works, managing side effects, strategies for decision making, and effective communication.

Free Mindfulness Discussion and Practice Class
2nd Friday: 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.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workshop
Mondays, Feb. 11 – April 1, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Ancient wisdom and modern medicine blend to create an effective, evidence-based program. Instruction in mindfulness practices, meditation, gentle movement, and inquiry in a safe, supportive environment. Instruction, guided mindfulness practice CD's, workbook, and mindfulness retreat (Saturday, March 23) are included. This workshop is proven to be effective in helping to treat: chronic, work, family, or financial stress; anxiety, cancer, depression, high blood pressure, GI distress, chronic illness and pain, insomnia, and more. Registration fee: $224. For more information or to register, go to www.MindfuLiving.Org or email Mike Healy at mfhealy@bellsouth.net.

Reiki (“ray-kee”)
By appointment
The word "reiki" is Japanese and refers to life-energy. Reiki is a form of healing touch used for reducing stress and increasing energy.

Yoga for Hope, Peace & Cancer Recovery
Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This yoga class offers people with cancer gentle movements in a nurturing environment.

Tai Chi Chih
Mondays: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tai Chi Chih is called a moving meditation and aids in relaxation and overall better health and wellness.

Tai Chi Workshop
Work on self-healing through the use of breath and gentle, easy movement. Offered in workshop settings. Call for dates and additional information.

Cultivating a Resilient Soul Retreat
This one day retreat setting is offered several times a year. In this retreat you learn coping strategies for pain and suffering, learn to shake off the effects of day-to-day stresses, and learn practical tools for daily living. Call for future dates.

Integrative Therapy Retreat
This one day retreat includes Guided Relaxation practice, Healing Art, Healing Writing, Tai Chi, and other moving meditation practice.


Support Groups

Breast Cancer Support Group - Evening 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.

Facing Cancer with Love and Laughter
Third Wednesday every month: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This group meets once a month for patients with a any cancer diagnosis, their family and friends.

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 and/or adult caregivers may attend.


Contact Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support

For more information about any of the free programs or support groups, call 706-475-4900 or email LoranSmithCenter@piedmont.org.

The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support is located off Talmadge Drive, behind the Medical Services Building.