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What you need to know about the carcinogen controversy in Smyrna and Covington

In early September, Sterigenics stopped production in its facility near Smyrna after it was accused of emitting ethylene oxide (a carcinogenic chemical compound used during the sterilization process) near residential neighborhoods. Near Covington, a Becton Dickinson facility that uses ethylene oxide, followed suit. Here’s where things stand.

In the quiet waters of the Chestatee River, cancer survivors find peace with fly fishing

Georgia Women Fly Fishers has hosted Casting for Confidence, a free, annual, day-long retreat that teaches fly fishing basics to female cancer survivors, since 2002. “This is the time to release all other fears and concerns. I can attest you’ll let it all go once you see this beautiful space.”
Waycross, Georgia cancer cluster

Why are so many people getting rare cancers in this small Georgia town?

After multiple rare cancers have been diagnosed in Waycross, Georgia, the city grapples with a profound question: What if the industries that gave us life are killing us?

Emory Proton Therapy Center opens, bringing a new-age tool to the battle with cancer

When the Emory Proton Therapy Center opened its doors on Thursday, it was already a symbol of triumph over challenges. The center—which provides proton therapy to treat cancer and is especially beneficial for treating tumors of the lungs, back and spine, and head and neck—is the first and only facility of its kind in the state. There are 29 other such centers in the United States and another 23 under construction or in planning stages. With five treatment rooms, Emory’s center is among the largest.

“In Their Own Words:” A new photo series from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will inspire you

September is both Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and to raise awareness of and donations toward research for both diseases, the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta launched a new photo series that shows Children's patients holding flags with words such as "fearless," "hope," and "brave."
Swim Across America Atlanta Open Water Swim

Atlanta’s “Super Bowl of Swimming” brings Olympians and cancer advocates to Lake Lanier this weekend

This weekend, swimmers both Olympian and novice will descend upon Lake Lanier for the Swim Across America Atlanta Open Water Swim, which raises money for cancer research at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Murphy Townsend

The first time I had to tell a patient they were dying of cancer

Fifteen years ago I had a patient with bladder cancer that had spread to her kidney. We decided to remove the kidney, but afterward the X-rays showed the cancer was much more advanced than we’d thought. Now I was faced with telling her that she was probably going to die.
ColorATL

ColorATL, a local coloring book, sparks joy for those who need it most

The concept of an adult coloring book might seem trivial to some—a trendy, mindless activity to pass the time. But for those dealing with long-term illness, suffering from addiction, or experiencing emotional turmoil, coloring books can be a powerful healing method.
DiaScan

DiaScan is Atlanta’s biotech firm to watch—and it was started by two local teens

The two friends started out with a simple question: Is there a better way to diagnose cancer using artificial intelligence and predictive analytics?
Katherine Welch

What it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer while you’re pregnant

I definitely stood out among the cancer patients on my floor. But I’d also see patients who had six months left to live. Talking with them while I sat there pregnant, it totally changed the way I think about life and how precious it is.

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