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Lauren Liverman

Lauren Richards, LCSW

Social Worker

Athens Regional Health System Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support

Lauren Richards, LCSW

Lauren Liverman

Social Worker

Athens Regional Health System Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support

Lauren Richards, BA, MSW, LCSW is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Social Work, and has been employed at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support at Athens Regional Medical Center since November 2001. In addition to her studies at the University of Georgia, Lauren has received training in psychosocial oncology at Johns Hopkins Medical Center (Baltimore, MD), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Mt Sinai School of Medicine (New York, NY), and child and adolescent bereavement at the Center for Loss and Life Transition (Ft Collins, CO). Lauren has completed both Integral Yoga Level One Hatha Yoga and Yoga for People with Cancer Teacher Training (Buckingham, VA) and is a Certified Yoga Teacher. She is a member of the Association of Oncology Social Work, Georgia Social Work Oncology Group, and the National Association of Social Workers. Lauren provides psychosocial support to cancer patients and their families at Athens Regional Medical Center, bereavement counseling to adults, adolescents, and children, facilitates a support group for individuals with a chronic illness, and offers cancer risk assessment counseling and genetic testing services.

Cancer Survivorship Connection

Guest Editorial: A three-time cancer survivor should not get COVID-19, but I did

Cancer patients and survivors should not get COVID-19. A three-time cancer survivor should definitely not get COVID. But I did. And it was not good. Here is my story and the lessons I learned that might be of value to others.


Survivors helping others survive

Three women, three cancer survivorship journeys, three missions resulting in nonprofits started to help and support others fighting cancer.


Lung Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

GASCO encourages all our members and members of the survivorship community to view the new video produced by the Medical Association of Georgia as the November offering of their "Top Docs" program.


 Screening & Genetics

Georgia Tech’s Durham picked to lead cancer organization

Lynn Durham has been named the new president and CEO of Georgia CORE. Durham, currently Georgia Tech vice president for institute relations, will replace Nancy Paris, who has led Georgia CORE since its inception and is retiring.



Georgia CORE and partners win five-year grant for colorectal cancer prevention

The CDC-funded program will bring colorectal screening, navigation and colonoscopies to 15,000 people in southeast and southwest Georgia.


Nancy Paris elevates cancer treatment and research in Georgia

Nancy Paris has served as president and CEO of Georgia CORE since its creation in 2005. At the end of the year, she will be retiring after spending her entire career in healthcare, during which she focused on addressing community health issues including homelessness, HIV/AIDS and rural health.


Georgia CORE


Advancing Cancer Care through Partnerships and Innovation

Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that creates collaboration among the state’s cancer organizations and institutions to connect more Georgians to quality, personalized cancer care. We welcome you to this one-of-a-kind online information center for all things related to cancer and survivorship care in Georgia.