New Cancer Support Center Addresses Patients’ Needs

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) has announced that the new Cancer Support Center will be open to patients in late-November. Located in Lawrenceville, the new facility is designed to further GMC’s comprehensive cancer care for men and women. 

“An estimated 40,000 people in the Gwinnett area are currently living with cancer,” said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of GMC. “And when it comes to cancer care, the needs vary based on diagnosis, stage and even personality; with that in mind, this new cancer support center helps to further our offerings to meet various needs.”

The Cancer Support Center will house support groups, genetic risk counseling, patient navigators and an appearance specialist. Center highlights include an appearance room featuring an American Cancer Society wig bank for patients and a resource library for independent research. To further promote education for patients, families and the community, the center will also house a 40 person classroom.  Educational topics like cancer survivorship and wellness will be covered.

Two new services, oncology nutrition counseling and social work services will be offered to patients in this center in late 2013. The support center will be in the 631 Building, just across from the Gwinnett Breast Center and two floors down from the Center for Cancer Care.

“Cancer is nothing short of overwhelming to patients and families and it is imperative to provide the tools that they need in a convenient location,” said Katherine Michaud, director of oncology services at Gwinnett Medical Center. “We are hopeful this center will open up some new opportunities for our patients that can help them to feel less anxious and more confident in their ability to cope with their diagnosis and treatment.”

To learn more about services offered in the new center, patients can call 678-312-3316.

About Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,500 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org or follow us at facebook.com/gwinnettmedical, twitter.com/gwinnettmedical or youtube.com/gwinnettmedical.

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