New Cancer Support Services, Rehab, Tools And More

If you or a family member has undergone treatment for cancer, you know that in the beginning there's lots of help. Your neighbor offers to drive the carpool to scouts. Your best friend brings you home-cooked meals. And your doctors, nurses and other clinicians offer support.

We all rally to support the goal of beating cancer. But cancer survivorship is not a sprint, it's a marathon. After the treatments are over, what then? Cancer survivors still have a range of needs from physical to social to mental, and until recently this type of support was not available locally. 

Here are some ways the Cancer Care Team at Gwinnett Medical Center is stepping in to fill these needs:

Cancer Support Center

The Gwinnett Medical Center Cancer Institute announces the opening of the Cancer Support Center in suite 210 of the 631 Medical Office Building in Lawrenceville. This new center offers Breast and Thoracic Nurse Navigation, Oncology Social Work, Oncology Nutrition Services, American Cancer Society Resource Navigation, Genetic Risk Assessment and High Risk Clinic Services, Appearance Services including an American Cancer Society Wig Bank, a resource library as well as a classes and support groups. 

Any patient with cancer or their family members/support people can access services at the center. Most services are offered free of charge. Physician referrals for the High Risk Clinic and Genetic Counseling are required and physician orders for nutrition therapy are required. Customers are seen on a drop in basis or by appointment by calling 678-312-3100.

Cancer Survivorship Program

 “The transition from active treatment to post-treatment care is critical to long-term health.”
 —2006 IOM report, From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition

The Cancer Support Center is pleased to offer Cancer Transitions,® a free 2½-hour, six-week workshop designed to help cancer survivors 21 years of age and older, of any cancer diagnosis, make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Program is intended to meets survivors’ needs for more encouragement and support with nutrition, exercise, emotional health and medical management

This evidence based program was shown to have the following results:
Participants experienced positive changes in health-related quality of life and lifestyle change following the intervention and at 3-and 6-month follow-up
–Increase in HRQOL around physical, mental and social functioning
–Decrease in negative IOC, particularly health-related worry
–Increase in physical activity
–Improvement in fat-and fiber-related dietary habits

 To enroll a patient, call 678-312-3100 or direct them to the GMC website programs and classes section for more information.

STAR: Survivorship, Training and Rehabilitation

Did you know that research shows the majority of cancer survivors develop physical impairments due to treatment, and that evidence-based cancer rehabilitation is typically covered by insurance? At GMC’s Gwinnett SportsRehab we offer the STAR Program (Survivorship, Training, and Rehabilitation - cancer rehabilitation).  

In the STAR Program a plan is developed for each cancer patient that focuses on individualized goals such as increasing strength and energy, relieving pain, reducing problems with memory and concentration, and improving functioning and quality of life. To find out more about STAR Program, please call 678-312-2803.

Learn more about all of Gwinnett Medical Center's cancer care, and find other support services and tools for survivors at


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