When a cancer patient completes treatment, he or she rings a bell to celebrate and signify passage into the ranks of “alumni.”
Our clinics have programs for alumni to stay informed and connected with other survivors. Frequent seminars are available during and after treatment to help patients, alumni, family members and care givers; and everyone looks forward to the annual gathering to celebrate survivorship.
Depending upon individual cancer treatment programs, a patient might receive daily treatments over several weeks. Patients have the opportunity to visit with fellow cancer patients in our waiting rooms. Friendships often develop while exchanging stories about families, careers, cancer, and treatments. If a patient stays at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge or Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House, he or she will find a welcoming and supportive environment where long-lasting friendships are often made.
We encourage alumni and current cancer patients to attend Life After Cancer (LAC) sessions. The topics are:
- Managing Physical Changes
- What’s Normal After Treatment
- Family & Work Relationships
These Life After Cancer sessions normally take the form of a “Lunch and Learn” at each clinic once a quarter.
Tuesday night prostate cancer seminars are held in the Resource Center, a building adjacent to the Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia – Decatur clinic. The presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. and is conducted three Tuesdays a month by one of our Radiation Oncologists. The other Tuesday night is led by one of our Oncology Nurses. These programs provide opportunities for current patients and prospective prostate cancer patients to ask questions and get answers from a Radiation Oncologist or Oncology Nurse. Guests are invited to arrive at 5:00 p.m. to meet and greet. These meetings provide the opportunity for men recently diagnosed men with prostate cancer to talk to other men who have received ProstRcision for the treatment of their prostate cancer. Many prostate cancer alumni volunteer to help with our Tuesday night seminars and a few of their wives (who may be breast cancer survivors) volunteer as well.