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Confused about treatment options, or have any other questions about cancer?

Look no further than the American Cancer Society.

"Number one on our to-do list is to show people that they can survive cancer and to give hope to survivors," says American Cancer Society area manager Randy Redner. "When you walk around the track with 2,000 other survivors, you know you're not alone and can survive." This year”s Relay raised more than $2.3 million for cancer research.

Oncology nurses are available to answer questions 24 hours a day at 1-800-ACS-2345. The ACS Web site – www.cancer.org – also gives comprehensive information on types of cancers, treatments and programs available in your area. Programs include:

  • Road to Recovery – A free ACS patient service program where volunteer drivers assist people needing rides to their chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
  • Freshstart – A free ACS smoking cessation program and support group offered through Gwinnett Medical Center to assist those desiring to kick the habit. Call the hospital HEALTHLINE at 678-442-5000 to register.
  • Look Good … Feel Better – A local program in which our trained volunteers who are licensed cosmetologists provide free makeovers, skin care and wig styling to cancer patients undergoing treatment. It is currently offered at Gwinnett Medical Center, Sugarloaf United Methodist Church of Duluth, and the Cannon United Methodist Church Hope House in Snellville.
  • ACS College Scholarship – ACS provides up to a four year college scholarship to childhood cancer survivors desiring to earn a college degree. A four year degree recipient is awarded $2,500.00, and a two year degree recipient is awarded $1,500.00. The state of Georgia honored 58 recipients for 2006, and out of those, 12 were from Gwinnett County.