Cancer Support Groups
University Cancer Services
1350 Walton Way
Promoting Prevention and Delivering Emotional Support
Obtaining information about cancer can ease the fear of the unknown and increase the ability to make decisions. University offers a variety of classes, programs and screenings for people of all ages to help them stop smoking, achieve and maintain a healthy weight and make wise lifestyle choices. We also offer support groups and programs for cancer patients and their families.
- American Cancer Society Look Good ... Feel Better program. Call 706-774-4141 or toll-free 866-774-4141.
- The free Beat the Pack Smoking Cessation program is offered by University to help smokers quit by treating smoking as a habit, chemical addiction and psychological dependency at the same time. To find out more, call 706-774-8900.
- My Mom has Breast Cancer Education Group. Call 706-774-4141 or toll-free 866-774-4141.
- Pink Magnolias Breast Cancer Support. A support group for husbands meets at the same time. Call 706-774-4141 or toll-free 866-774-4141.
For more information on these support groups and programs, visit www.universityhealth.org/calendar.
Physicians in two medical oncology practices affiliated with University Hospital lead the area in clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and pharmaceutical companies. This gives patients access to state-of-the-art treatments that might not otherwise be available in the local community.
The Commission on Cancer has awarded University a commendation rating for its high level of participation in clinical trials.
SOUTHEASTERN HEREDITARY COLORECTAL CANCER REGISTRY
The registry's goal is to maintain a system to help identify individuals at risk for both familial polyposis and hereditary colorectal cancers and to provide education to physicians, medical personnel, patients and their families.
In addition to providing education about the importance of timely screening interventions, genetic testing and education also is provided.
Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find ways to improve health and cancer care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer.
Genetic Testing and Education
University's Cancer Services offers genetic testing for high-risk individuals and families. Nurses are trained to identify those people at risk for genetic cancers and provide education concerning inherited melanoma, breast, ovarian and colorectal cancers.
Though only a small percentage of cancers are truly genetic in nature, early identification of high-risk individuals can be lifesaving.
Oncology Data Center
University's Oncology Data Center is staffed by certified tumor registrars and houses a computerized database of more than 26,500 cancer cases diagnosed and treated at University Hospital since 1972.