Dr. Priya Rudolph Reminds You to Notify Your Doctor if You Have Trouble Swallowing

It all started with difficulty in swallowing solid foods and occasionally liquids. Bill knew something was not right and immediately sought attention. He was evaluated with an endoscopy. This is a test where the doctor inserts a tube with camera at the end of it (endoscope) down in to the esophagus and stomach and is […]

Dr. Priya Rudolph discusses Colorectal Cancer Awareness

My 65 year old patient was surprised when she was recently diagnosed with colon cancer since she did not have any symptoms. She had a routine colonoscopy which showed a cancer in her colon. Fortunately, her cancer was diagnosed at a very early stage and was completely removed by surgery. She did not have to […]

5 Simple Rules to Reduce Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer, or cancer of the large intestine, is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. However, it’s also one of the most detectable cancers and it responds well to early treatment. Your risk of developing colorectal cancer is a combination of controllable and uncontrollable factors. People older than 50 and those […]

Check with your doctor before taking an iron pill

My 71 year old patient with breast cancer asked me if she should start taking an iron pill for her anemia. Anemia is a condition where there are less than normal red blood cells in the body. It is measured as hemoglobin with a normal range around 12-18 g/dl in most labs. Her hemoglobin was […]

Georgia Cancer Specialists Collects 4,450 Bags for State’s Foster Children during the 13th Annual totes 2 tots suitcase drive

Thanks to a strong outpouring of support from the community, the 13th annual totes 2 tots suitcase drive, sponsored by Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital, was a huge success. More than 4,450 backpacks, suitcases and other bags were donated at GCS offices across Georgia which began the weekend of Jan 15 –17. GCS partners with […]

Dr. Rudolph discusses how pills can be used in treatment of some lung cancers

Mrs. Jones (name changed) who had never smoked her entire life was surprised to be diagnosed with lung cancer. Fortunately, she has a lung cancer that can be treated with pills. In fact, the type of lung cancer that responds to pills is often seen in never smokers and tends to be less aggressive than […]

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 […]