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Katja Ridderbusch

It's a normal day for Harry Wood, a hairdresser at Van Michael Salon in Buckhead, as he casually discusses his client's styling routine.

Nothing was normal for Susan Webster 13 years ago, when she sat in the same salon chair and told Wood, her longtime hairdresser and friend, the sad news. She had just been diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and was about to lose her hair. The two immediately went together to pick out a wig.

A few weeks later, as she stood in front of her bathroom mirror one morning, Webster held a clump of hair in her hands.

A top Georgia health care official says a cap on the number of in-state patients that a national cancer treatment chain can treat will remain.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America was seeking permission from the state's Department of Community Health to apply for a new certificate as a general hospital. The change would have allowed its Newnan facility to treat more Georgia patients, eliminating a cap set by lawmakers in 2008 when they created a "destination hospital" category to accommodate the company.

In this June 11, 2015 photo, Talia Pisano listens to her heart beat during an examination at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Talia is getting tough treatment for kidney cancer that spread to her brain.
Christian K. Lee / AP Photo

A sarcoma is a rare cancer that is very different from the more common carcinoma. Sarcomas spread through connective tissues and are most common in muscles and bones, for example, but they can occur anywhere.

Especially rare forms of the disease have been found in Ware and Brantley Counties in southeast Georgia near the Florida border. State health officials are trying to determine what is causing the illnesses.

Former President Jimmy Carter speaks during the memorial service for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, inside the Purcell Pavilion at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin, Pool / Associated Press

Doctors say former President Jimmy Carter's cancer treatment will depend on the type of cancer, its origin and factors such as age and health.

Carter announced Wednesday that recent liver surgery found cancer that has spread to other parts of his body and he will be undergoing treatment.

The deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, says the first task likely will be determining where the cancer originated, which can help determine what treatment the 90-year-old Carter may be eligible for.