Cancer center in Augusta, Georgia
Cancer treatment at Doctors Hospital of Augusta is focused on three pillars: technology, location and caring (TLC). This means we are committed to using the latest technologies in cancer treatment, providing accessible cancer care to patients in the CSRA and delivering caring support services throughout every patient's cancer journey.
From first diagnosis through treatment and beyond, our team of medical experts is ready to help support you in your fight against cancer. We also offer resources to help you and your family navigate the cancer treatment and recovery process by providing support groups, cancer rehabilitation and clinical trials.
Interested in learning more about our cancer services? Feel free to call our cancer care patient navigator at (706) 651-4567.
Cancer screening services
While we offer top-level cancer care, we remain committed to cancer prevention and early detection. We offer specialized services in lung cancer screening through low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scans of the lungs. Our facility is also home to the Women's Diagnostic Center, where women in Augusta have access to screening mammograms.
Types of cancer we treat
If you receive a cancer diagnosis, you can count on our doctors to provide expert care for:
- Brain and spine cancers
- Breast cancer
- Gastrointestinal (GI) cancers
- Colon cancer
- Complex GI cancers
- Gynecologic cancers
- Lung cancer and other thoracic cancers
- Urologic cancers, including prostate cancer
Lung cancer care at Doctors Hospital
In addition to our full-service cancer care, we offer a specialized program dedicated to our patients with lung cancer. Our lung cancer program provides comprehensive care, which includes:
- Access to support resources with help from our cancer care patient navigator
- Cancer treatment, including radiation therapy and surgical options
- Low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scans for lung cancer screening
- Minimally invasive techniques for diagnostic biopsies
- Rapid diagnosis and time to treatment
To learn more about our lung cancer program, please call (706) 651-5864 or (706) 651-LUNG.
Cancer treatment options
Every patient's treatment plan will look different, but it may include one or more of the following treatment options:
- Cancer rehabilitation and wellness
- Minimally invasive robot-assisted procedures
- Radiation therapy, including robot-assisted radiosurgery
- Surgical oncology, including breast surgery and prostatectomy
Doctors Hospital of Augusta is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for our radiation oncology services. This acknowledges our staff for meeting and following high-quality medical standards in radiation therapy and our commitment to patient safety.
The Radiation Oncology Center, located on our hospital's main campus, offers many options for radiation therapy cancer treatment. The type of radiation a patient receives depends on the type of cancer, tumor size and shape and personal health factors. We perform internal and external radiation therapies, including:
- External beam radiation
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
- Stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT)
To contact the Radiation Oncology Center, please call (706) 651-6700.
Cancer rehabilitation and wellness
Individuals fighting cancer can benefit greatly from exercise during treatment. The key is to gradually progress to moderate exercise and pay attention to how your body feels while going through treatment. Carefully monitored exercise can help patients:
- Feel more in control over life
- Feel stronger and more capable
- Lower levels of anxiety
- Maintain body weight to reduce the risk of recurrence
- Reduce fatigue
- Reduce sleep problems
For some patients, special instruction may be needed from a licensed physical or occupational therapist in order to regain full function for regular exercise. Our rehabilitation team is available to develop personalized exercise programs that help patients return to normal activity.
Oncology rehabilitation takes place in our Rehabilitation Health Center, which is inside Medical Office Building II, suite 302. Rehabilitation services are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.
To learn more about our cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema therapy services, please call (706) 651-2270.
Lymphedema therapy program
The outpatient rehabilitation center on our hospital's main campus offers a location for patients to receive lymphedema therapy when it is caused by a cancer treatment. Lymphedema can occur when cancer treatment affects one of the lymph nodes, causing swelling in the arms and/or legs. The swelling is the result of built-up fluids from the lymph nodes.
Our rehabilitation staff includes a certified lymphedema specialist who helps our patients manage their lymphedema symptoms and connect them with resources for long-term management.
Our lymphedema program takes place in Medical Office Building II, suite 302 (which is within the Rehabilitation Health Center). The lymphedema therapy program operates Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.
Cancer support services
Talking to people with similar experiences can help patients and their loved ones cope with the emotions of cancer. In addition to our hospital's cancer survivor support group, we also work with the following groups in our community to give patients access to additional assistance.
Cancer Survivor Support Group
This support group is for cancer survivors to come together and share a common space. It is held on the second Thursday of every month from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The group is free to attend, and no RSVP is required. For location information, please call our Consult-A-Nurse team at (706) 651-4343.
Look Good Feel Better
Facilitated by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and led by a licensed cosmetologist, this is a free hands-on workshop for women with cancer. The goal is to help patients combat the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation through skin care, makeup application and wig/hair techniques. To find a class near you and reserve a spot, please call the ACS at (800) 227-2345.
Reach to Recovery
Sponsored by the Augusta ACS, this resource offers one-on-one support and information for women coping with breast cancer. Specially trained breast cancer survivors serve as volunteers to respond in person or by phone to women facing a breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, recovery and/or recurrence.
Road to Recovery
In collaboration with the ACS, our hospital provides transportation assistance to cancer treatment facilities.
The Lydia Project, Inc.
The Lydia Project, Inc. offers a women's cancer survivorship ministry to help patients seeking emotional and/or spiritual support. Free tote bags are provided to all women undergoing cancer treatment (not just breast cancer patients). Each tote bag is monogrammed with "faith," "hope" or "love" and is filled with cancer-related information, practical items, a prayer request card and the name of the seamstress who made the tote.