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Cancer patients traditionally ring a bell in the cancer center at the conclusion of their cancer treatment. Ringing the bell is an emotional and triumphant celebration of all the patient has accomplished - conquering fear, persevering through uncertainty, enduring adversity and hardship, and hanging on to hope with strength and a strong will to live.

When patients ring the bell at the Georgia Cancer Center, they celebrate this tremendous milestone with the knowledge that they have their team at the Georgia Cancer Center to see them through survivorship. Achievement. Support. Advancement. The Augusta University bell tower logo means so much to so many at the university and at the Georgia Cancer Center.

Each day, more than 100 Georgians learn they have cancer. These newly-diagnosed patients want to know how to get on with treatment – and their normal lives – as quickly as possible. At the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University, our patients find the means, motivation and support to fight back. Here, they will join a strong team of healthcare providers who will battle alongside them.

At the Georgia Cancer Center, our mission is to reduce the burden of cancer in the state of Georgia and across the globe through superior care, innovation and education. We work toward this goal one patient at a time. Our greatest success is possible with the support of philanthropic partners who step up to ring the bell of hope.

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Jane Barrett

Health Sciences Campus

Georgia Cancer Center - M. Bert Storey Research Building

1120 15th Street, CN-2224
Augusta, GA 30912

(706) 721-7398

Our Vision

While more and more people are surviving cancer and Georgia cancer death rates decline every year, the decline is not as rapid nor as deep as we would like it to be. Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in our state. One of every five deaths in Georgia is attributable to cancer.

Our scientific research and compassionate care takes aim at those statistics, working to improve the cancer profile of the state. But our patients are far more than statistics and diagnoses. They are individuals and families, hopes and dreams, determination and fear. And they need you.

Our Mission

To accomplish our mission of reducing the burden of cancer in our state, the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University is on a journey to National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. The long-term path toward this significant goal is paved with great strides in the areas of clinical care, research and prevention.

NCI-designated Cancer Centers meet the most rigorous standards for transdisciplinary, state-of-the art research focused on developing new and better approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. NCI Cancer Centers are grant-funded to support deep and diverse scientific innovation for even greater advances in cancer treatment discovery.

Our goals for NCI designation require us to recruit leading cancer researchers and gather crucial support for translational research. We need new cancer scientists from multiple disciplines and research interests, we need to improve our infrastructure, and we need to expand our outreach efforts throughout Georgia. Philanthropic support is essential for reaching this next step in cancer care for Georgia and the surrounding areas.

Scientist looking through microscope

Advancing Scientific Excellence

The most successful fights against cancer begin in the laboratory. In 2018, we opened the $62.5 million expansion of the M. Bert Storey Research Building on our campus, with significant support from our philanthropic partners.

Pulling cancer tissue samples from cold storage

Becoming a Destination Cancer Center

Ringing a bell of understanding means investing in robust patient care programs that can make the cancer journey more bearable, and, at the same time, build a destination center for cancer care excellence.

Cancer patient and her husband

Meeting the Needs of Our Population

The Georgia Cancer Center believes in ringing the bell for all. We have developed outreach programs designed to address the specific challenges that our state and the Southeast region face.

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Reducing the Burden

The Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University is dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer in Georgia and across the globe through superior care, innovation, and education. Through unprecedented expansion, the Georgia Cancer Center is providing access to more first-in-the-nation clinical trials, world-renowned experts and life-saving options.