The Cancer Center is involved in a number of cancer awareness activities and screenings in the community. Cancer Center staff and physicians take time to speak to community groups on various cancer-related topics, as well as to participate in numerous health fairs throughout the year. Additionally, EAMC and the Cancer Center of East Alabama are involved every year in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
Every year, usually in spring or early summer, the Cancer Center hosts a “Survivor’s Day” picnic at Spring Villa for survivors and their guests. This is a time for patients and former patients, their families and friends, and staff and physicians from the Cancer Center to gather and celebrate life.
In late September or early October to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness, we co-sponsor the annual “Think Pink” breast cancer walk, which raises funds to provide mammograms and breast cancer treatment for medically underserved women in our community. The event, held in downtown Opelika, usually has several hundred participants. Throughout the month, the Cancer Center is involved in a number of breast cancer awareness activities in the community.
East Alabama Medical Center and the Cancer Center of East Alabama are committed to providing every woman with breast cancer screenings, regardless of their ability to pay. In 2005, the Cancer Center, along with the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation, initiated the Free Mammogram program. The program benefits women in our community with limited or no health insurance coverage, women who otherwise might not receive this potentially life-saving screening test. In addition to providing mammograms, the program provides follow-up care - including diagnostic mammograms, breast biopsies, transportation assistance, educational materials, bras and prosthetics – if a mammogram indicates cancer. To date, it has served more than 300 women. The program is funded through community donations to the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation. For more information or to contribute to this program, visit the EAMC Foundation or call 334-528-5868.
In 2006, the Cancer Center and the EAMC Foundation started a program to provide free prostate-specific antigen tests (PSA) for the early detection of prostate cancer for men with limited or no health insurance coverage. More than 250 men have been provided with a PSA test and/or follow-up care to include biopsy, testing, treatments, and medication and transportation assistance, based on the identified needs of the men. We need your help to continue offering these screenings. Please visit the EAMC Foundation here to give. Your donations help improve the health – and lives – of those in our community.
A cancer diagnosis is difficult. Finding information shouldn’t be. Cindi’s Library – our cancer resource library – provides a comfortable, quiet space for you to gather and review information about cancer treatment and support services. There is a special section for children as well. The library is located in the Cancer Center and is available for your use any time. If the library is not open when you arrive, just ask someone at the Cancer Center reception desk for access. For more information, click here.
Volunteers are valuable members of the team at the Cancer Center of East Alabama. They assist in various roles. Many are cancer survivors who can share their support and provide a sense of hope for those newly diagnosed.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Cancer Center, contact Mary Weaver, EAMC Auxiliary Liaison, at 334-528-5923.