Patient FAQ

  1. What kinds of cancer does the Cancer Center treat most often?
    The top ten most common types of cancer seen at the Cancer Center are:

    • Breast
    • Lung
    • Prostate
    • Cervical
    • Colon
    • Blood and Bone Marrow
    • Endometrial
    • Skin
    • Lymph nodes
  2. What does a “Cancer Center for Excellence” designation mean?
    The Georgia Cancer Coalition awarded Grady’s Cancer Center the designation because the Center brings together a multitude of oncologists and other specialists from Grady, Winship Cancer Institute at Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia State University to build a statewide network of people and organizations dedicated to providing exceptional cancer treatment.
  3. What is the Cancer Center’s patient navigator system all about?
    Patient navigation in cancer care refers to individualized assistance offered to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome health care system barriers and facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care. Cancer patient navigation at Grady involves working with a patient from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience.
  4. How do I pay for my treatment at the Cancer Center?
    You are responsible for paying any amount due in full at the time you come in for healthcare services. We accept most private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and workers’ compensation, please check with your provider. We will bill your insurance company for all covered services you receive. You will receive a bill for services not covered by your insurance company and you will be responsible for paying for these services.Grady Health System accepts cash, check, traveler’s check, money order, Discover, Visa, MasterCard and American Express for payment. A valid, government issued form of identification must accompany your check, traveler’s check, money order or credit card.

    Payment plans can be arranged for patients who need additional time to make all necessary payments based on Grady’s financial assistance and payment guidelines. If you want to arrange a payment plan, contact Patient Financial Services at (404) 616-2991, during the hours of 8 am to 5 pm.

  5. What are some of the common signs and symptoms of cancer?
    Cancer can cause a variety of symptoms. Possible signs of cancer include the following:

    • new thickening or lump in the breast or any other part of the body
    • new mole or an obvious change in the appearance of an existing wart or mole
    • a sore that does not heal
    • nagging cough or hoarseness
    • changes in bowel or bladder habits
    • persistent indigestion or difficulty swallowing
    • unexplained changes in weight
    • unusual bleeding or discharge
  6. How is cancer treated?
    Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are the 3 main types of cancer treatment. A person with cancer may have any or all of these treatments.
  7. Does cancer always cause pain?
    Having cancer does not always mean having pain. Whether a patient has pain may depend on the type of cancer, the extent of the disease, and the patient’s tolerance for pain. Most pain occurs when the cancer grows and presses against bones, organs, or nerves. Pain may also be a side effect of treatment.
  8. How many types of cancer are there?
    So far, more than 100 different types of cancer have been identified. But all forms of cancer start because of out-of-control growth of abnormal cells.
  9. Can cancer be prevented?
    Although there is no guaranteed way to prevent cancer, people can reduce their risk (chance) of developing cancer by:

    • not using tobacco products
    • choosing foods with less fat and eating more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains
    • exercising regularly and maintaining a lean weight
    • avoiding the harmful rays of the sun, using sunscreen, and wearing clothing that protects the skin
    • talking with a doctor about the possible benefits of drugs proven to reduce the risk of certain cancers
  10. How many people alive today have ever had cancer?
    Today, about 11 million people alive in the United States have had some type of cancer. Some of these people are cancer-free; others still have the disease.

*Sources: American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute