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The Cancer Life Center is Central Georgia's comprehensive cancer research and treatment center. We realize that being a cancer survivor requires personalized cancer treatments based on the unique needs of each individual patient. At the Cancer Life Center, our cancer team engages one-on-one with each patient to determine the best treatment, taking into account the effectiveness, side effects, quality of life implications, and other considerations. The Cancer Life Center offers:

Breast Care Center
Central Georgia Breast Care Center is NAPBC accredited and accredited by the American College of Radiology and is dedicated to providing the most advanced technology in breast imaging and diagnosis. Our caring medical professionals provide the most up-to-date diagnosis and treatment options in one central location.

  • Cancer research clinical trials
  • Care coordination by RNs
  • Cyst aspiration
  • Genetic counseling
  • Stereotactic and fine needle biopsies
  • Weekly multidisciplinary conference

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Colorectal Cancer Program
Our expert staff includes specialists in surgery, gastroenterology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, clinical genetics, oncology nursing, and nutrition. At the Cancer Life Center we offer the most advanced surgical and minimally invasive options not only to eradicate the colorectal cancer, but to preserve patients' ability to function normally.
Our cancer team includes:

  • Colorectal surgeons
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Genetic counselor
  • GI nurse navigator
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Oncology dietician
  • Oncology nurses
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiologists
  • Surgical oncologists

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Diagnostics
The Cancer Life Center is at the forefront of cancer diagnosis and treatment thanks not only to the skill and experience of our team of physicians and specialists, but to the diagnostic capabilities available at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

  • Bone Scan
  • Colonoscopy
  • Digital Mammography
  • EBUS
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Fluoroscopy and X-Ray
  • Lung Diagnostics
  • MRI and PET-CT
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Super D

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Gastrointestinal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States. The average person’s lifetime risk of developing it is about one chance in twenty. The risk is increased if there is a family history of colorectal polyps or cancer, and is still higher if there is a personal history of breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer. Risk is also higher for people with a history of extensive inflammatory bowel, such as ulcerative or Crohn’s colitis.

Most colorectal cancers begin as a polyp. At first, a polyp is a small, harmless growth in the wall of the colon. However, as a polyp grows larger, it can develop into a cancer that grows and spreads, often affecting other organs in the body.

See your doctor if you have any of the following warning signs:

  • Bleeding from your rectum
  • Blood in your stool or in the toilet after you have a bowel movement
  • A change in the shape or consistency of your stool (such as diarrhea or constipation lasting several weeks)
  • Cramping pain in your lower stomach
  • A feeling of discomfort or fullness in the rectum
  • Unintended weight loss

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Infusion Services
Limited to outpatient intravenous (IV) infusions and injections, our services include:

  • Staffed with oncology certified nurses
  • New expanded area with spacious seating
  • Patient family-centered care
  • Light snack service

Treatments include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Blood/platelet transfusions
  • Iron infusions
  • Remicade infusions
  • IVIG infusions
  • Outpatient plasmapheresis treatments
  • Injections

The accuracy of your personalized chemotherapy treatment is our top priority. As each individual treatment is mixed in the Pharmacy when you arrive, we appreciate your patience while waiting on this carefully prepared medication.

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The Lung Cancer Team
The Lung Cancer Team of The Medical Center of Central Georgia has been meeting since the spring of 2010 to develop a process to improve lung cancer care in the region. Our multidisciplinary team includes thoracic surgeons, general surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, primary care physicians and other health care providers. These specialists are focused on several proactive solutions aimed to reduce the high incidence and mortality rates from lung cancer in our community.

Introducing Screening Lung CT-Scans
Lung cancer is responsible for more deaths of central Georgians than any other type of cancer. That’s why accurate, early detection is so important. Screening Lung CT scans at Central Georgia Diagnostics on Hardeman Avenue may play a major role in the detection of lung cancers in earlier stages, often saving lives. The USPSTF recommends screening for current and former smokers age 55 to 80 with a smoking history the equivalent of smoking a pack a day for 30 years. The recommendation for screening includes those who have quit within the past 15 years.

If you are a current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years, aged 55-80 years with a 30 pack-year smoking history, ask your doctor about Screening Lung Cancer CT Scans at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and get a clearer picture of your health.

In an effort to enhance the lung cancer patient care process and improve lung cancer patient outcomes, we have implemented a new protocol for patients who have small pulmonary nodules incidentally detected on CT scans of the chest and abdomen. This protocol helps to expedite the process of care for your patients and is designed to decrease the time from suspicious finding to definitive diagnosis.

We have also invested in critical technologies required to establish a state-of-the-art lung cancer program. Endobronchial ultrasound and SuperDimension Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™ system are now available to lung patients at MCCG. SuperDimension is a minimally-invasive alternative for patients who have a lesion on their lung that is hard to reach or cannot tolerate a more invasive procedure. MCCG is the first in the area to provide this technology.

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Lymphedema Management
The Lymphedema Management Program at the Cancer Life Center is provided through the Central Georgia Rehabilitation Center and benefits patients recovering from injury, surgical trauma, chronic conditions, inflammation and edema. A therapist certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage applies rhythmic massage techniques using repetitive, precise hand movements applied lightly in the direction of lymph flow accelerating and improving the patient's lymphatic system natural flow. Treatments are offered for the following conditions:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Lymphatic aplasia
  • Lymph node dissections
  • Mastectomy
  • Melanoma
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Radiation treatment

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Medical Oncology
Medical oncology, or chemotherapy, involves a drug therapy regimen to treat your cancer. Medical oncology can be used as a powerful tool to cure cancer, to prevent the cancer from spreading, or to ease symptoms associated with cancer. This treatment option is commonly used in combination with other procedures and cancer treatment options.

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Pediatric Oncology
The Pediatric Oncology Program at the Cancer Life Center provides the most advanced treatments available for children with all types of cancer and blood diseases, from infancy to young adulthood. Our team consists of an experienced group of specialists including pediatric hematologists/oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and genetic counselors. Working in conjunction with The Children's Hospital at The Medical Center, the Cancer Life Center provides treatment and rehabilitation for:

  • Leukemias
  • Lymphomas
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Tumors of the bone and brain

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Prostate/GU
The GU Cancer Team is a multidisciplinary group of urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists focused on assessing, planning, monitoring, and coordinating the delivery of GU cancer care services to The Medical Center patients. The primary goals of the team are:

  • Improving prostate cancer awareness and prevention in the region through implementation of standard screening and treatment guidelines.
  • Increasing patient enrollment for clinical trials, ensuring that the process of care is navigated efficiently for the patient and/or care giver with the help of a patient navigator.
  • Improving timeliness and diagnosis of treatment.
  • Educating primary care physicians about the minimally invasive medical procedures that are available for patients at The Medical Center.

Each physician involved in the team brings a unique body of knowledge and expertise to the process. The sharing of information and ideas results in a coordinated and comprehensive care plan for patients with input from all specialties.

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Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is a widely used treatment option for many types of cancer. Through the use of high powered x-rays or radioactive seeds, radiation therapy works by damaging cancerous cells. Unlike normal cells, cancer cells are not able to repair themselves. Radiation therapy can be used alone or as part of a treatment plan to cure cancer, shrink cancerous tumors, provide relief from symptoms, or to treat cancers which are inoperable.

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Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy
The latest cancer research has indicated that being physically active throughout your treatment is highly beneficial to cancer treatment. Through the Cancer Life Center, The Wellness Center and Central Georgia Rehabilitation, cancer patients are able to receive therapy and exercise so crucial to recovery.

Programs offered:

  • Cancer Well Fit
  • Breast Cancer Support Group
  • Man To Man Support Group (prostate cancer)
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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Surgical Oncology
At the Cancer Life Center, experienced and highly trained cancer surgeons focus on providing you with world class cancer treatment in a caring and compassionate manner. Our physicians work closely with our extended team of medical oncologists, radiation specialists, radiologists, geneticists, nurses and support staff so that you get the most sophisticated and successful approach to curing your cancer.

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