Sandy Pyle, BSN, RN | Breast Cancer Navigator
Athens Regional Medical Center hosted the 3rd Annual Physician Oncology Symposium and I was fortunate to attend the educational program and learn a great deal from the presenters.
- Dr. Javid Moslehi, Director of the Cardio-Oncology Program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, discussed the connection between Cardiology and Oncology.
- Dr. Shaying Zhao of the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences at UGA discussed her study of the canine and human breast cancer gene.
- Dr. Karan Julka of Athens Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine discussed the Lung Cancer Screening project and its impact on finding lung cancer early based on specific screening guidelines and the use of Low-dose CT scans.
- Dr. Mark Ebell, Professor of Epidemiology at UGA who serves on the US Preventive Services Task Force, presented recent updates on cancer screening guidelines from the Task Force.
A panel discussion regarding all areas of care for breast cancer patients featured Drs. Andrew Greenshields, Cody Gunn, Cesar Gumucio, Cynthia Shepherd, Daniel Tench, and Ron Terry.
The panel was set up like the *Breast Cancer Case Conference” which is held every Thursday morning at Athens Regional Medical Center. Dr. Jenny Wares, a physician at The University Health Center at UGA, completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under Dr. Andrew Weil. She presented “Complementary Treatments for Cancer” and spoke about many of the complementary therapies we provide here at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support. She touched on the benefits of Healing Touch and Reiki, yoga, and acupuncture. She pointed out the difficulty in research surrounding complementary and alternative therapies, especially in the area of dietary supplements. She mentioned that 40-80% of patients use some form of complementary therapy with 50% of oncology patients reporting the use of complementary therapies. Dr. Wares noted the number one reason most people use complementary therapy is not because it’s supported by research, but from word of mouth – someone they know used it and it worked!
The Conference highlighted the outstanding physicians and treatment options in our area. We at the Loran Smith Center are so very grateful to be a part of this medical community where patients and their care are the priority—one where healthcare professionals see the patient as a whole person and work together for their diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.
More About Loran Smith Center
Our Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support provides information, education and emotional and spiritual support to cancer patients and their families in north Georgia. It serves as a resource for patients before, during and after cancer treatment through support groups, individual and family counseling and an educational resource library.
To speak to someone at the center, call 706-475-4900.