Counseling and Support Groups
Counseling and Support Groups
Cancer impacts people and their families in a variety of ways. It is common to feel worried, sad, angry, anxious, or isolated when affected by a serious illness. You might also have feelings of loss — of your health or of control in your life. Georgia Cancer Center is committed to offering all patients the support care they need to get them through this difficult time.
Psychology and Social Oncology Programs
Psychologists and counselors at the Georgia Cancer Center are experienced in structuring sessions to meet your specific needs. We work with individuals, couples, families, and caregivers, in addition to offering group sessions for people who might benefit from interacting with others who have been through similar circumstances.
Through counseling, our experts can help you with many issues, including:
- Easing distress and coping with side effects, such as insomnia, fatigue, and pain.
- Talking to your children, teens, and family about cancer.
- Learning relaxation exercises to help reduce anxiety, stress, fatigue, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, and physical discomfort.
- Diagnosing and treating the psychiatric complications of cancer and treatments.
- Understanding yourself and your reactions better through cognitive-behavioral therapy.
In some cases, our psychologists refer people to mental health specialists outside the Georgia Cancer Center for long-term counseling.
To learn more about the Psychosocial Program, including access to these services, please call (706) 721-4109.
The Department of Pastoral Counseling offers spiritual support to patients, families, and staff who are experiencing the impact of a cancer diagnosis. Support is available 24 hours/7 days a week for inpatients and outpatients. It is the goal of our department to provide spiritual support for people of all faiths and creeds, including those who have none, with equal care. Services provided by the Department of Pastoral Care include:
- Spiritual and Emotional Counseling
- Bereavement and Grief Support
- Assistance with Advanced Directives for Health Care
- Liaison to other faith communities as requested by patients
- Conducting religious/spiritual events as requested by patients, families & staff
- Educational Seminars concerning life with Cancer
Cancer Support Groups
Georgia Cancer Center offers support groups to help people cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a safe place to share feelings and experiences that may seem too strange or too difficult to share with family and friends. The group dynamic allows patients to learn from others who have faced similar situations and often creates a sense of belonging that helps each person feel more understood and less alone.
- All Cancer Support Group: Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Georgia Cancer Center’s Outpatient Services clinic in the Community Conference Room (AN-1305). The address is 1411 Laney Walker Boulevard, Augusta, GA. For more information, contact Rachel Veal at 706-721-5221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Blood Cancer/Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Support Group: Meets the third Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Georgia Cancer Center’s Outpatient Services clinic in the Room AN-2515. The address is 1411 Laney Walker Boulevard, Augusta, GA. For more information, contact Susan W. Doughtie at (706) 721-1634 or email@example.com
- Breat Cancer Support:
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- CSRA Gyn Cancer Support Group (Gynecological cancer): Meets the third Monday of each month from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Daksha Chudgar Lydia House. The address is 1369 Interstate Parkway, Augusta, GA. For more information, please contact Donna Wheatley via email or by calling (706) 721-5557.
- Hope for Two (Cancer during Pregnancy): This organization strives to provide information on all available options to women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. It also gives support by matching newly diagnosed women with others who have experienced cancer while pregnant.
- Totes from Lydia Project: This Augusta-based volunteer organization creates one-of-a-kind bags as a free gift to any woman undergoing treatment for cancer. Each bag is crafted from the heart and contains items such as: prayer card, pen, blank journal, personal care items (depending on availability), relaxation CD, 100 Q&A About Breast Cancer, nail care kit.
- The Lydia House: The Lydia House provides free lodging Monday through Friday for women with any cancer. MD must refer. Patient must provide own transportation and have a caregiver stay with them.
- GIST Support International (Gastrointestinal Cancer): Patients diagnosed with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) and their caregivers can find answers and support at GIST Support International. The organization also has limited financial aid for patients needing a second opinion.
- Life Raft Group (Gastrointestinal Cancer) serves as an advocacy group for patients with a rare form of cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Its mission, to ensure the survival of such patients while maintaining the quality of their lives, embraces four other areas besides advocacy. The four are: research; treatment surveillance; information and support, and patient outreach and assistance.
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- Us Too (Prostate Cancer Support Group): Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Georgia Cancer Center’s Outpatient Services clinic in the Community Conference Room (AN-1305). For more information call Naomi Williams via email or by calling (706) 721-0472.