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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Two new rooms designed to help cancer patients and their families are now ready at Phoebe Putney's Cancer Center. Tuesday night, the center dedicated a new oncology room and a meditation room.

The Junior Woman's Club of Albany raised money for the project through the Lights of Love campaign. The meditation room was named after Gail Cameron, a lifelong member of the club who lost her battle with cancer last year.

The rooms include clinical tools and resources to help patients cope mentally with cancer. Phoebe Vice President of Oncology Linda Van der Merwe said, "We want everyone in southwest Georgia to know you don't have to go out of this area to get the complete treatment. Treatment has many different aspects. Certainly, you have to take care of them clinically, but there's so much more to it, and to us that was important enough to take the time to think about what do we need to give our patients, and so this was it."

Van der Merwe said both rooms were put on the lower level away from busier and louder areas of the cancer center.

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