We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, not only for the patient, but also family members and caregivers. Below you’ll find a list of resources and support groups to help you or your loved one through this journey.
Northeast Georgia Medical Center partners with many national oncology groups to provide patients the opportunity to participate in national clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and other established cancer institutions. 770-219-8820
Learn more about our cancer research.
Oncology Patient Navigators
The Patient Navigation program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center is a free service that provides cancer patients with guidance and support throughout their cancer journey, including helping to navigate the healthcare system and any challenges that may impede treatment. Our navigators can be reached Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn more about our Cancer Navigators.
Cancer Rehabilitation Services at NGMC
The Cancer Center and The Rehabilitation Institute of NGMC partner to provide the Cancer Rehabilitation program, where care for patients going through chemotherapy, and after, are provided with a group of multidisciplinary tained professionals who have experience treating the disease. These professionals tailor each patients care to help improve the quality of your daily life, and tackle the negative side effects of cancer treatment.
For more information about the Cancer Rehabilitation program, please call 770-219-8200 or visit nghs.com/cancer-rehabilitation.
Nutrition plays a vital role in cancer treatment. Northeast Georgia Medical Center is proud to have their own registered and licensed dietitian dedicated to providing comprehensive nutrition support throughout treatment.
Financial Assistance for Cancer Patients
NGMC assists patients with applying for public health coverage programs, discounts, payment plans, or free care to eligible uninsured or underinsured patients for medically necessary care. 770-219-1898 | www.nghs.com/financial-assistance
Cancer State Aid provides financial assistance for cancer-related diagnostic testing, evaluations, and treatment planning support, as well as cancer treatment support for patients whose prognosis and planned treatment are medically eligible for program funding. Please contact Lisa Hunsbusher at 770-219-1734 for eligibility requirements | https://dph.georgia.gov/cancer-state-aid-2
The Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia assists patients in northeast Georgia with rent/mortgage, prescriptions not covered by insurance, utility bills, nutritional assistance, durable medical equipment, and gas cards ($500.00 cap per patient each year). 706-353-4354 | www.cancerfoundationofnega.org/
Glory, Hope, and Life assists cancer patients, caregivers and families with a variety of financial, physical and emotional support services through resources, programs, and activities. 770-533-4705 | http://www.gloryhopelife.org/
This fund assists Rabun County residents with resources designed to that help patients through their cancer journey, including partnering with the American Cancer Society’s Road to recovery to help provide rides for patients to and from their treatments. 706-746-3350 | www.sidwebercancerfund.org/
Ninth District Opportunity provides a wide ridge of services (housing programs, community services, heating assistance) designed to help low-income families in Hall County. 770-532-3191 | www.ndo.org/web/
Project SHARE assists people affected by illness, job loss, or other unfortunate circumstances with utility assistance. Hall: 770-534-7589; Rabun: 706-782-4283; Habersham/Stephens: 706-866-5293 | projectshareinfo.com/where-to-apply/
Hosted by Northeast Georgia Medical Center, this support group is designed for lung cancer patients, caregivers and survivors.
- Braselton: Meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in NGMC Braselton’s Education Center.
- NGMC Barrow: Meets the 2nd Monday of each month, from noon -1pm, in the second-floor conference room. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP to Sandi Clark: 770-219-7619.
Hosted by The Longstreet Cancer Center, this support group addresses all types of cancers and is designed for patients, caregivers and survivors.
- Gainesville: Meets the last Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Longstreet Cancer Center lobby (725 Jesse Jewell Parkway, 3rd floor).
- Breast Cancer Faith-Based Support Group: This is a faith-based support group for breast cancer patients, caregivers and survivors.
- Oakwood: Meets the 4th Saturday of every month at 2 p.m. at Flat Creek Baptist Church. Call 770-401-4893 to attend.
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Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center provides both inpatient and outpatient hospice services for patients with life-limiting illnesses. 770-219-8888 | www.nghs.com/hospice
Northeast Georgia Health System offers chaplain visits, contact with personal pastors, devotional literature and Sunday chapel services. Located at NGMC Braselton and NGMC Gainesville, the chapels are available 24 hours a day, seven day a week. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Gainesville Office: 770-219-5077; after-hours contact: 770-219-1873
Braselton Office: 770-848-4928; after-hours contact: 770-848-0735
Resources for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer
Here are several helpful resources for young patients with cancer:
- Georgia Core: https://www.georgiacancerinfo.org/
- Emory Reproductive Center – Oncofertility/Fertility Preservation: https://www.emoryhealthcare.org/centers-programs/reproductive-center/oncofertility.html
- American Cancer Society for Young Adults with Cancer: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-in-young-adults/special-issues.html
- National Cancer Institute for Adolescents and Young Adults – Emotional Support Services: https://www.cancer.gov/types/aya/support
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Sexuality and the Young Adult with Cancer: https://www.lls.org/patient-education-webcasts/sexuality-young-adult-cancer-what-you-need-know
- National Cancer Institute for Adolescents and Young Adults – End of Life Decisions: https://www.cancer.gov/types/aya/end-of-life
Other General Resources:
American Cancer Society’s National Support Services: 1-800-227-2345