GCS Physicians Again Appear in AJC Series “The Cancer Gap”

Wednesday, May 21st, 2003

For the third time in as many articles, Georgia Cancer Specialists physicians appeared in an installment of “The Cancer Gap,” an Atlanta Journal-Constitution series examining the current problems and potential solutions facing Georgia cancer care.

Drs. Wendy Hawke and Melvin Moore are quoted in “Emory Hotly Pursues Elite Cancer Care Status,” a front-page story written by David Wahlberg. The December 3 article focuses on Emory University’s quest to have its Winship Cancer Institute recognized as a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.

NCI recognition would bring Emory nearly $1 million a year for research equipment, cancer nurses, and computer databases.

In the article, Drs. Hawke and Moore discuss whether NCI status would impact the state’s ability to retain its cancer patients and improve their treatment.

GCS is the only private oncology practice quoted in the article.

GCS physicians also appeared in the first two installments of “The Cancer Gap.”

Drs. Bruce Feinberg and Wendy Hawke are quoted in a September 24 article titled “Fatal Disparities Fuel Ambitious Effort in Georgia.” Also written by Wahlberg, the story looks at Gov. Roy Barnes’ goals for The Georgia Cancer Coalition, a 10-year, $1 billion effort to improve shortcomings in the state’s battle against cancer.

Dr. Laura Weakland appeared in a September 29 feature article about one of her patients, Atlanta resident Rebecca Simpson. “Rebecca’s Story,” written by Patricia Guthrie, examines how factors such as race and financial status can influence a person’s access to both cancer testing and treatment. In the article, Simpson, an African American living with breast cancer since last year, visits Dr. Weakland’s GCS office. Dr. Weakland is quoted and pictured in the article.

In preparation for the series, Drs. Feinberg, Hawke, and Moore were interviewed by AJC reporters David Wahlberg and Patricia Guthrie for several hours on March 20. Follow-up phone interviews also occurred between then and each article’s publication.

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