Take Charge of Your Breast Health

My 24 year old patient with breast cancer and her husband were ecstatic when I gave them the news that her scans came back looking clean without any evidence of disease. I remember the day when I first shared the news with them that she had an aggressive breast cancer and it had spread to […]

GCS Nurses Attend National Conference on Cancer Survivorship Care

Interdisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, social workers and other health professionals such as psychologists, radiation technologists, chaplains and administrators are involved in the multitude of treatment options for cancer patients during the course of their illness. These professionals, however, are inadequately prepared to meet the follow-up needs of cancer survivors. Dawn Key, MSN, APRN-BC, FNP, […]

Swelling in the leg can be a blood clot

“This swelling in my left leg started since a week after I got released from the hospital”, said my 55 year old patient with history of breast cancer. I quickly set her up for an ultrasound test of her leg the same day and she was diagnosed with a blood clot. This is not an […]

Don’t ignore lumps in your body

I saw a 61 year old gentleman a few weeks ago for evaluation of enlarged lymph nodes in his neck. He reported noticing lumps in his neck 6 months ago and this slowly continued to increase in size. He initially thought it was related to an upper respiratory infection. However, when it persisted he sought […]

Keep up with your yearly pelvic examinations

As I was talking to my patient the other day, she recalled how she had ignored her lower abdominal discomfort for several months and attributed it to changes in her diet. When she finally sought attention of her family doctor, multiple tests were performed including a pelvic exam and a CT scan which revealed presence […]

Dr. Bhargava published in the Athens Banner-Herald

Dr. Bhargava discusses immunotherapy in the Athens Banner-Herald. Immunotherapy is a type of treatment that uses the body’s own immune system as a weapon to fight cancer and other diseases. To read more, you can find her article here Ranjana Bhargava

Dr. Priya Rudolph discusses bladder Cancer

I saw a 66 year old new patient last week who had noticed blood in his urine intermittently for the past 3 months. He was first treated for a possible urinary tract infection with antibiotics. However, the bleeding got worse despite antibiotics, and he was referred to a Urologist who then diagnosed him with bladder […]

Georgia Cancer Specialists Supports Georgia’s Homeless Veterans

The 3rd annual Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless Veterans, sponsored by the metro area Pilot International Clubs, Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital, will take place July 4 through Sept. 5, 2014. The drive collects a variety of much-needed toiletry and personal care items to fill “comfort bags” for […]

Dr. Priya Rudolph Discusses How Testicular Cancer Can Be Cured

I saw two young men both in their early 30s with new diagnosis of testicular cancer earlier this year. One of them noticed a painless lump in one of his testicles while the other reported a dull ache in his lower abdomen. They both sought attention within few days of experiencing symptoms and have since […]

Dr. Bowen Participates on Top Docs Radio Show Discussing Breast Cancer

Top Docs Radio features healthcare providers and professionals sharing their expertise to “Get the Word Out” about a variety of health problems, treatments and community concerns to elevate our community’s well-being. Dr. Bowen was invited to talk about her specific the points she feels are important for a patient to be aware of while going through diagnosis […]

Dr. Rudolph Discusses How Alcohol Can Cause Cancer

Many people enjoy a glass of wine with their dinner. An occasional drink of alcohol in an otherwise healthy person is not harmful. However, did you know that regular consumption of alcohol can increase your risk of breast cancer, liver cancer and oral cancer? The National Cancer Institute recommends that women have no more than […]

Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

By Kathleen Lambert, MD, Georgia Cancer Specialists Your skin is the largest organ in your body, protecting it from injury and infection. Shielding your skin from sun exposure can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and potentially save your life. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of […]

Don’t Ignore Blood in Your Urine

March is National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month. I recently saw a 66 year old gentleman for evaluation of anemia. He had a great appetite, exercised regularly and led an active lifestyle. He denied noticing any blood in his stools, but he recalled noticing a small amount blood in his urine that had occurred only twice […]

Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Stephen Durkota RN, BSN In 2000, March was named National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. This month, we at Georgia Cancer Specialists remember our friends, family, and patients affected by this disease. We also honor the strength of the human spirit and the miracle of the moments that make up our lives. National Colon Cancer Awareness […]

A guide to needed health checks by: Dr. Priya Rudolph

As we enter 2014, let us ask ourselves what we can do better this year about our health. Are you keeping up with all the preventive health checks you should have? If you are unsure of what tests you should have, please address this with your family doctor. As an oncologist, I am going to […]

Kathleen Lambert, M.D. Joins Research Team at Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital, in Decatur

The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute at Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) in Decatur is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathleen Lambert has completed the required specialized training to oversee the treatment of GCS patients on clinical trials. In 2012, GCS affiliated with the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, redefining cancer care. This partnership set a new national […]

Dr. Priya Rudolph discusses: Can you prevent cancer with a vaccine?

Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month? Cancer of the uterine cervix is the third most common gynecologic cancer in the United States. The good news about cervical cancer is that it is one of only two cancers which can actually be prevented. To read more, click here. Oncologist Dr. Priya Rudolph, MD of Georgia […]

GCS’ Mansoor Saleh among researchers of new drug for Pancreatic Cancer patients

According to the National Cancer Institute, although pancreatic cancer is rare—with approximately 45,000 cases diagnosed each year in the United States—it is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in this country. At diagnosis, most patients with pancreatic cancer have advanced disease that has spread, or metastasized, to other parts of the body. Only 2 […]

Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, Launches Clinical Research Program at Cumming Office

The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is pleased to announce the addition of clinical trials at the Georgia Cancer Specialists clinic in Cumming, bringing increased access to novel cancer treatments close to home. In 2012, Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) affiliated with the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, redefining cancer care. This partnership set a new national standard […]