Patricia Sodomka Family Resource Library

The Patricia Sodomka Family Resource Library is a warm, welcoming multi-media center that is tailored to your information needs.

Our library staff can help you find answers, advice and information about the latest advances in cancer treatment. We offer workshops and training around our patient and family-centered care philosophy. The library is a valuable resource for patients, their families, and our entire community.

Located in the Cancer Center's Outpatient Clinic Building at 1411 Laney Walker Augusta, Georgia, the library focuses on all aspects of the cancer continuum: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, quality-of-life, and grief issues.

Browse the growing collection of books and reference materials the library has to offer. Our staff is comprised of a librarian, family support coordinators, and trained volunteers. They are available to help you find answers to specific questions or use the computer-based search systems. The library staff also work closely with the on-site dietitian and social worker to insure that patients receive up-to-date information on nutrition or assistance.

The Patricia Sodomka Family Resource Library provides the following items:

  • books
  • brochures and pamphlets on your disease
  • access to cancer-related Web sites
  • information from the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society
  • information in different languages
  • Healing arts program
  • information about services at GRHealth
  • CDs/DVDs
  • seminars and lectures

You will find materials on:

  • specific cancers and treatments
  • clinical research
  • stress management
  • controlling pain
  • fatigue
  • nutrition
  • explaining cancer to children
  • spirituality
  • complementary therapies/wellness
  • hospice care
  • grief
  • survivorship

The Resource Library offers access to two free databases.

These may be accessed on personal or Mac computers in the Resource Library or from home.

  • Medline Plus is a consumer health site that provides links to reputable Web sites on specific diseases and to prepared literature searches from the Medline database. Also featured are links to medical dictionaries, physician and hospital directories, clearinghouses, nonprofit organizations that offer information to consumers, and interactive tutorials.
  • PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database to articles from more than 4000 medical journals. It allows simple keyword searching or more complicated searches using Boolean logic. It also includes a Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) browser and a citation matches.

Cancer Web Sites We Trust

  • — This website provides current and accurate information from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research. It provides a wide range of cancer information, including treatment options, clinical trials, ways to reduce cancer risk, coping with cancer, and resources for patients and their loved ones, advocates, health professionals, and researchers. The NCI’s comprehensive cancer database, PDQ, contains peer-reviewed summaries of the latest information about cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics, and supportive care, as well as a clinical trials directory. Some information is available in Spanish.
  • — Cancer Care is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral, and direct financial assistance. Information is available in Spanish.
  • — This is the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) website for people living with cancer. ASCO is dedicated to helping people living with cancer find the accurate, reliable, and most importantly, oncologist-approved information they need to make informed decisions. The web site is an award-winning site that currently includes more than 40 disease summaries organized by cancer type, treatment descriptions, coping strategies, reading and library resources, as well as cancer links, statistics, and a searchable drug database.
  • — Oncolink was founded in 1994 by University of Pennsylvania cancer specialists to help patients, families, health care professionals, and the general public obtain free and accurate cancer-related information. Easy to use information on all aspects of cancer is frequently updated and conveyed at various levels, from introductory to in-depth.
  • American Cancer Society — The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. The ACS web site is an important extension of the Society’s mission to provide lifesaving information to the public. The site includes an interactive cancer resource center containing in-depth information on  major cancer types. Web site sections include a directory of medical resources and links to other sites organized by cancer type or topic. Some information is available in Spanish.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who may use the Patricia Sodomka Family Resource Library?
    Adults and children who are patients at Cancer Center, the Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, and the Dental College of Georgia may use the center and it’s resources. As a part of our Patient and Family Centered Care philosophy, patients' family and friends are also welcome.
  • Will someone be available to help me find information?
    Yes. Resource center staff members include an on-site librarian, family support coordinators, or volunteers, some of whom are former patients, or members of the patient advisory board.
  • I'm not comfortable using a computer. Can I still get the information I need?
    Yes. There are several ways to learn at the center. If you need help using a computer, a librarian is available Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to assist with computer searches or access to cancer databases and Web sites.
  • Does the center carry information about community resources and other services?
    Yes. We have information on hospitality/housing services, support groups, hospice care, and other programs for cancer patients and their families. The staff can connect you directly with available support networks, including The Lydia Project.


Current Books Available

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.   
(Librarian Desk Hours 10 a.m. -2 p.m.)