Georgia Cancer Center

Georgia Cancer Center Georgia Cancer Center reflects a commitment to outstanding patient care, community outreach, and research. Our mission is to reduce the burden of cancer.
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Welcome to the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University, where our multidisciplinary approach cares for all of you -- your medical needs your healthy living, your mental and spiritual well-being, and your social support-- at one place, at one time. Our approach to cancer treatment allows us to support you and your family. You are more than your cancer. That's why our team approach offers the BEST personalized care. Teams include caregivers, dietitians, medical oncologists, pathologists, psychologists, radiation oncologists, social workers, surgical oncologists.

Mission: Our mission is to reduce the burden of cancer in the state of Georgia and across the globe through innovation, education, and superior care.

This superhero is a member of the gynecologic oncology team at the Georgia Cancer Center. Dr. Bunja Rungruang's superpow...
04/28/2020

This superhero is a member of the gynecologic oncology team at the Georgia Cancer Center. Dr. Bunja Rungruang's superpower is "Compassion Power."

According to her nomination, "Patients love Dr. Rungruang for her compassionate care, her honesty, and how she always goes beyond what they expect while caring for them during their cancer battles."

Please, join with us in sharing congratulations for Dr. Rungruang as a Georgia Cancer Center superhero! 👏💕

The time now to introduce our next Georgia Cancer Center superhero. She is Acacia Bynoe, a patient care technician. Acac...
04/28/2020

The time now to introduce our next Georgia Cancer Center superhero. She is Acacia Bynoe, a patient care technician. Acacia works in our in-patient space inside Augusta University Medical Center.

Acacia's superpower is "Positivity Power" because "Acacia epitomizes what we all strive to be: positive, kind, and a team player. She always maintains a positive attitude and is recognized by her peers for always helping others. Her positive attitude is infectious and makes her a pleasure to work with. "

Thank you, Acacia, for always being so positive and spreading good vibes to your fellow co-workers and patients! 💕👏

Katrina Zellars is the next Georgia Cancer Center superhero we want you to meet. Her superpower is "Caretaker Power." Ka...
04/28/2020

Katrina Zellars is the next Georgia Cancer Center superhero we want you to meet. Her superpower is "Caretaker Power." Katrina works as a patient care technician for the Georgia Cancer Center's in-patient wing on the fifth floor of Augusta University Medical Center.

Her nomination card said "Katrina exemplifies what it means to truly care for patients. She is kind, gracious, and a very hard worker! Her patients enjoy her company and compassionate touch. When we are in a bind, she always jumps in to help out her co-workers and units."

Join us in celebrating Katrina and all of the Georgia Cancer Center superheroes!👏 👏

Today, April 28, is National Superhero Day🦸‍♀️🦸 and we are spending the day celebrating Georgia Cancer Center employees ...
04/28/2020

Today, April 28, is National Superhero Day🦸‍♀️🦸 and we are spending the day celebrating Georgia Cancer Center employees who go above and beyond their "regular" call of duty. Now, we do have quite a number of superheroes to celebrate, so we'll be sharing their pictures, their superpowers, and why they are being recognized throughout the remainder of this week.

First up, Steffany Fallon, who works as a phlebotomist at the Georgia Cancer Center - Downtown Augusta and Aiken clinics. Her superpower is being a "super sticker."

According to her nomination "Steffany has had several patients comment about how exceptional she is at her job as a phlebotomist, getting blood draws done in just one stick. For as often as they can get poked, this is a big deal for them and it makes them feel better about their appointments when they know she's in the lab!" 👏 👏

Tips for Purchasing Produce & Meats on a BudgetWhen shopping for produce, aim to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables...
04/24/2020

Tips for Purchasing Produce & Meats on a Budget

When shopping for produce, aim to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables. This is when produce is at its peak flavor and lowest price. Consider canned or frozen produce as an alternative. However, be sure to check the ingredient list to minimize or avoid added sugars and salt.

For even bigger savings, buy meats in bulk when on sale and freeze for later use. Consider meatless meals several days a week. Substitute non-meat ingredients such as eggs, beans and lentils in recipes for added protein at a lower cost.

Getting diagnosed with cancer is scary and then making sure you are asking all the right questions is even scarier. That...
04/24/2020
What Should You Ask Your Doctor About Esophageal Cancer?

Getting diagnosed with cancer is scary and then making sure you are asking all the right questions is even scarier. That's why the American Cancer Society has excellent questions you should ask your doctor about Esophageal Cancer.
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https://www.cancer.org/cancer/esophagus-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/talking-with-doctor.html

It is important for people with cancer and their families to have honest, open discussions with their cancer care team.

What are the Risk Factors for Esophageal Cancer? Some types of risk factors can be changed and prevented, such as tobacc...
04/23/2020
Esophageal Cancer Risk Factors

What are the Risk Factors for Esophageal Cancer? Some types of risk factors can be changed and prevented, such as tobacco use. Others can not be changed, such as a person's family history or age. The American Cancer Society has a great list of risk factors that could change the chances of you getting this disease.
https://go.augusta.edu/2VmfVMR

A risk factor is anything that changes your chance of getting a disease such as cancer.

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, this week we are going to share more information about early detection, risk...
04/22/2020

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, this week we are going to share more information about early detection, risk factors, and questions to ask your doctor. If you have any questions you would like for us to answer comment below!
#esophagealcancerawareness

In the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many individuals across the globe find themselves experiencing finan...
04/22/2020

In the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many individuals across the globe find themselves experiencing financial difficulties. Starting today and continuing over the next two days, the Cancer Center Dietitians will share helpful tips on how to continue to eat healthfully without breaking the bank.

Start by planning around sales. Check the store sale flyers and additional coupons when making your grocery list. Research meals that center around fresh produce, lean protein and low-fat dairy that is on sale. Compare national brands to store brands for the lowest price.

Make a list and keep your list short by preparing meals with similar ingredients throughout the week. Skip highly processed items and packaged snacks to save money and avoid less nutritious items.

For two weeks, Caroline Maddox was in Augusta University Medical Center fighting for her life after testing positive for...
04/20/2020
Augusta University Health celebrates COVID-19 patient's release

For two weeks, Caroline Maddox was in Augusta University Medical Center fighting for her life after testing positive for COVID-19. To help celebrate her recovery, employees at Augusta University Health lined the halls and cheered for her as she was being discharged.
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https://go.augusta.edu/2Kj6WWp

After spending eight days on a ventilator at AU Health due to COVID-19, a patient celebrates going home.

04/15/2020

We continue sharing information on testicular cancer this week with our Facebook Live Q&A series. Join Chris Curry and Dr. Zach Klaaseen for a discussion about the disease. They will also share updates about COVID-19 and it’s impact on cancer patients and their care.

There is currently no evidence that supports the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) associated with food or water sy...
04/14/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

There is currently no evidence that supports the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) associated with food or water systems. However, sharing food and beverages is discouraged.

Following proper home food safety practices is recommended, including promptly refrigerating foods, keeping raw and cooked foods separate, and heating food to the appropriate internal temperature.

Before preparing or eating food, it's important to wash your hands with clean water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds. Other practices, such as cleaning and disinfecting countertops and other surfaces can also serve as protection to you and others.

In addition to practicing home food safety and good personal hygiene, handwashing is especially critical in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and should be done often.

Additional answers to other questions about COVID-19 and food can be found at:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#spreadsStay tuned tomorrow and Thursday for additional information on this important subject.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

If you are looking for a way to support Augusta University Health, check out our partners at the local Panera Bread loca...
04/13/2020

If you are looking for a way to support Augusta University Health, check out our partners at the local Panera Bread locations in Augusta, Evans and Aiken to see how they are supporting the #OurAUHeroes program.

Covelli Enterprises and Panera Bread have supported the Georgia Cancer Center's "Unite in the Fight Against Cancer" walk, as well as during their "Pink Ribbon Bagel" campaign in October.

This week, we will be sharing information about testicular cancer. April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. One impor...
04/13/2020

This week, we will be sharing information about testicular cancer. April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. One important aspect of this cancer is that it can be caught early if men take the time to do self-exams during the shower. The cancer is most common in men ages 15-35.

The National Cancer Institute's website has a lot of helpful information about screening for testicular cancer. Check out the link for more details. And, if you have any questions about testicular cancer, feel free to send us a direct message. We have a team of urologic oncologists ready to assist.

#testicularcancer #cancerawareness #cancerscreening

https://www.cancer.gov/types/testicular/patient/testicular-screening-pdq

For cancer patients currently receiving treatment, proper nutrition is crucial for avoiding malnutrition. As a result of...
04/07/2020

For cancer patients currently receiving treatment, proper nutrition is crucial for avoiding malnutrition. As a result of the public health crisis created by the coronavirus (COVID-19), it may become necessary for cancer patients to isolate at home. Preparing your home with nutritious food and staples is essential!

Now is a great time to explore grocery pickup or delivery options or to call that friend or family member to pick up your groceries for you. Check out these ideas on shelf-stable foods when you are making your next grocery list.

If you are living with a form of leukemia or lymphoma, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has resources for you during th...
03/31/2020
Coronavirus: Resources & What You Should Know | Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

If you are living with a form of leukemia or lymphoma, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has resources for you during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We'd like to share the link with you here.

Please, let us know if you have any questions or how we can be a resource for you, your family and your friends during this uncertain time in your life.

https://www.lls.org/public-health/coronavirus

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Stay connected to our resources page for the latest information and support. One of our highest priorities is the well-being of our employees, volunteers, donors, partners, and the patients we serve – ...

We have an update to pass along to all of our followers from the Paceline Ride team. We know this was a difficult decisi...
03/27/2020

We have an update to pass along to all of our followers from the Paceline Ride team. We know this was a difficult decision and we appreciate all they do for the Georgia Cancer Center. We are also so very grateful for each and every rider, virtual rider, volunteer and all of the amazing support for this fundraising event.

In light of recent public health concerns around coronavirus, we made the decision to postpone Paceline Ride 2020 May 29-30. This was an incredibly hard decision to make but ultimately guided by the need for public safety of all concerned – our riders, volunteers, supporters and their families. A new event date will be set once the dust settles. At this time, we want to thank all of our riders, vendors, volunteers and donors for their understanding and continued support of Paceline. For more information and details, please visit www.pacelineride.org.

There is a great deal of misinformation out there when it comes to nutrition and cancer.  The media tends to sensational...
03/26/2020

There is a great deal of misinformation out there when it comes to nutrition and cancer. The media tends to sensationalize research that might show promise, but isn’t validated in humans yet. People don’t want to wait for research to catch up. Many people – some health professionals, some not – put on information they think is helpful, but can really just muddy the waters.

The best advice is to first seek out a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in your area. If you are a Georgia Cancer Center patient, ask your doctor or nurse for a referral to the Cancer Center Dietitian. Also, there are a number of reputable, research-based resources available addressing nutrition and cancer. Listed below are a few of these recommended resources:

- American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR): www.aicr.org
- Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (DPG): www.oncologynutrition.org
- American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org
- National Cancer Institute: http://cancer.gov

#fightcancerwithyourfork #healthyliving #NationalNutritionMonth

What’s a better way to incorporate some healthy fat than starting your day off with some delicious salmon and avocado! Y...
03/24/2020

What’s a better way to incorporate some healthy fat than starting your day off with some delicious salmon and avocado! You get protein and healthy polyunsaturated fat, along with some great fiber from your bagel – all sure to keep you satisfied during your morning!

Check out this recipe from the American Institute for Cancer Research in the link below: https://go.augusta.edu/2Sl3Qq2

#fightcancerwithyourfork #healthyliving #NationalNutritionMonth

This morning, we are sharing information from the American Cancer Society regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) with you. Rem...
03/23/2020

This morning, we are sharing information from the American Cancer Society regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) with you. Remember to share any questions you may have during this uncertain time and we will work to get them answered for you. https://go.augusta.edu/3bkNSTe

During this uncertain time, we want to make sure you stay informed. As we mentioned during Wednesday's Facebook Live Q&A...
03/19/2020

During this uncertain time, we want to make sure you stay informed. As we mentioned during Wednesday's Facebook Live Q&A, the National Cancer Institute has an entire page dedicated to COVID-19 and its impact on cancer patients. https://go.augusta.edu/cancerandcovid-19

Meet the Georgia Cancer Center's Registered Dietitians!Rachel Johanek MS, RD, CSO, LD grew up in the Midwest before movi...
03/19/2020

Meet the Georgia Cancer Center's Registered Dietitians!

Rachel Johanek MS, RD, CSO, LD grew up in the Midwest before moving to Augusta after finishing college. She has been with the Georgia Cancer Center for almost five years, where she primarily works with the GI, Breast, Lung, and BMT teams. She enjoys going on walks outside, socializing with friends over delicious food, and snuggling with her cat in the evening. She’s an advocate for eating local foods, which is why you’ll find her at farmers markets in the area and running one in the summer months right at the Cancer Center!

Sarah Deen, RD, CSO, LD is originally from North Carolina and moved to the Augusta area in 2009. She worked as an inpatient dietitian from 2009-2012 where she gained experience with a variety of patient populations such as GI, Trauma, Nutrition Support, Pediatrics, ENT and Oncology. However, it was her passion for the Oncology population that led her to assume her current role at Georgia Cancer Center Dietitian in 2012. She enjoys traveling, walking her dog and spending time with her husband and two young children.

#fightcancerwithafork #healthyliving #NationalNutritionMonth

03/18/2020
Facebook Live Q&A: National Nutrition Month

Join us for a discussion about National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created National Nutrition Month to focus on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating and physical activity habits. At the Georgia Cancer Center, we have two registered dietitians who work with our patients on how a cancer diagnosis will impact their diet and nutrition needs.

03/18/2020

Good morning to our Facebook follower family, we hope you are all doing well today.

In light of all that's going on regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are modifying this morning's Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Zach Klaassen. The first part of the Q&A will see Dr. Klaassen answer questions about the coronavirus and how it could impact a cancer patient. If you have questions for Dr. Klaassen regarding this topic, please, comment below or send us a direct message.

The second part of our Facebook Live Q&A will be about kidney cancer. As we shared earlier this month, March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, as well as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.

Picking Healthier Fat Options is Easy!It’s easy to swap in canola or olive oil for butter or margarine when cooking your...
03/17/2020

Picking Healthier Fat Options is Easy!

It’s easy to swap in canola or olive oil for butter or margarine when cooking your meats or sautéing some vegetables. You can also make easy changes like:

- Use reduced-fat cheese and low-fat milk in your macaroni and cheese
- Swap half the mayonnaise from your potato salad with plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
- Use smoked paprika or a small dash of smoked salt to add the smoky flavor to your greens instead of adding ham, bacon or salt pork
- Make your own oil and vinegar salad dressing instead of a store-bought, higher-fat version
- Trade-in your fried chips for a small handful of nuts and a piece of fruit 🍉

#fightcancerwithyourfork #healthyliving #NationalNutritionMonth

At the Georgia Cancer Center, we believe strongly in being an educational resource for our community. Please, join us We...
03/13/2020

At the Georgia Cancer Center, we believe strongly in being an educational resource for our community. Please, join us Wednesday, March 18 at 11 a.m. for our next Facebook Live Q&A series discussion. Dr. Zach Klaassen, a urologic surgical oncologist, will join us to share information about kidney cancer.

If there are questions you would like Dr. Klaassen to answer, please submit them in the comments section. You are also welcome to send us a direct message that includes your question. If it makes you feel more comfortable, we will not use your name.

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1410 Laney Walker Blvd
Augusta, GA
30912

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Patient Care The patient experience is very important to us. Whether it’s the latest in cancer therapeutics or specialized services addressing patients’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, the Georgia Cancer Center is committed to providing excellent care. The Georgia Cancer Center offers: A 60,000 sq. ft. state-of- the-art outpatient facility; patient- and family-centered care tailored to each patient’s unique needs; personalized treatment plans utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach; around-the-clock access to Nurse Navigators charged with assisting patients along their care journeys; specialized support services such as nutrition, sexual health, music, and art therapies; the area’s first cancer-dedicated genetics clinic; one of only 16 federally funded minority-based community clinical oncology programs designed to increase minority population access to advanced cancer treatments; innovative collaborations bridging cancer research and patient care; pediatric oncology services at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia; a toll-free cancer information service line for the public – 1-888-365-0747 Community Outreach It is our aim to increase cancer education, awareness, early detection, and prevention throughout all segments of our community. The Georgia Cancer Center has initiated a three-pronged outreach program focused on: * HPV (human papillomavirus) and cancer * Obesity and cancer * Tobacco-related cancers Research Because no treatment advances are possible without a strong research platform, the Georgia Cancer Center includes over 400 scientists and associated personnel conducting cancer-related research. These scientists utilize state-of-the-art technology and partnerships with organizations such as the Georgia Research Alliance and Georgia CORE (Center for Oncology Research & Education) to discover the new biomarkers, signaling pathways and therapeutic targets that are the basis for clinical trials. Collaboration with clinical investigators through the Cancer Center Clinical Trials O!ce and Cancer Clinical Research Unit results in many “first-in-man” trials and treatments for cancer patients. Georgia Cancer Center - 1411 Laney Walker Blvd., Augusta, GA 30912

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I was a diagnostic medical sonographer for 30+ years. In the late 1990s, I found a cervical mass on a coworker. It was advanced stage Cervical cancer. She lived 51 weeks to the day it was found and died at 26. WE ARE SO SO LUCKY to have the Georgia Cancer Center and the FANTASTIC staff such as Dr. Ghamandi. Miracles happen here thanks to the hard work and research and I should know because I am a volunteer there and see it with my own eyes! THANK YOU ALL!
Will they be having the Pink Pumpkin Party this year???
I want to give a shout out to all the nurses on 2nd floor a big thank u for takin good care of me the 14 weeks I came for treatments. U all felt like family I would recommend the cancer Center to anyone that needed yall the best.. thanks again for all u did for me..
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We love the Georgia Cancer Center and bringing smiles to everyone inside.
Gracie loves to meet people all the time.
Honored to be a speaker at the Cancer Forum. Partnering with local black churches, Georgia Cancer Center and the General Missionary Baptist Convention... "The Role of a Nurse Navigator in Cancer treatment- Easing the burden's of barriers and access to health care; Educating the patient/families on disease processes and cancer treatment; Empowering patients to be well-informed and taking responsibility for their health care choices. Check it out this link: