Cancer Resources for Georgians
Special Guests: Alice Kerber, Angie Patterson, and Erin Long
This week we’ll hear about important cancer resources available to patients in Georgia from Alice Kerber and Angie Patterson of GeorgiaCORE. The organization is a public private partnership dedicated to facilitating cancer prevention, care, research, and education. They are focused on helping patients get better access to available cancer resources from early diagnosis to best treatments available, and support once they are survivors. Through initiatives such as www.georgiacancerinfo.org, Georgia Breast Cancer Genomic Consortium, and the Cancer Patient Navigator program, GeorgiaCORE facilitates greater community awareness and helps improve cancer outcomes for Georgians. TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation provides a range of specialized rehabilitation services tailored specifically for the breast cancer survivor. As a charitable organization they are able to provide care to under- or uninsured patients who require care as well. Director of Development, Erin Walker Long discusses the therapies they provide along with some of their upcoming fund-raising initiatives.
Alice Kerber, MN, APRN, ACNS-BC, AOCN, APNG, GeorgiaCORE
- Oncology Nurse Specialist working to improve quality of cancer care in Georgia
- 34 years of oncology experience, both inpatient & outpatient
- Heavily involved in a CDC program, “Georgia Breast Cancer Genomic Consortium”
- 2011 Recipient, Oncology Nurse of the Year by Georgia March of Dimes
Angie Patterson, Vice President of Research & Education, GeorgiaCORE
- Co-founder, Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia
- Focused heavily on improving cancer care through implementation of patient navigation and survivorship programs
- Breast Cancer Survivor
- Volunteer with Northside Hospital’s Network of Hope
Erin Long, Development Director for TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
- 15 years of fundraising experience in healthcare and education
- Enjoy tennis, exercise and reading
- Mother of two children under 4
On today’s show we’ll meet Dr. Mark Beaty. In his practice he offers a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures for patients seeking aesthetic procedures. He is skilled in browlifts, facelifts, eyelid lifts, nasal restructuring, facial resculpturing, and others. He also provides a number of non-surgical options for patients to consider including Ulthera, CoolSculpting, CoolSmoothing, injectables, resurfacing, and more. Dr. Beaty uses a personal, individual approach with his patients, giving a full hour to new patient consultations. This allows him to develop a plan of care that will be best suited for each unique patient he sees.
Special Guest: Dr. Mark Beaty of Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery
- Doctorate in Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
- Residency, University of Iowa Department of Otolaryngology
- Fellowship, Facial Plastic Surgery, Emory-Affiliated Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery
- Board Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology
- Recipient, Sir Harold Delf Gilles award for research evaluating effects of rhinoplasty techniques on nasal architecture
Dr. Wang of Salude, Dr. Kunjummen of Atlanta Heart Specialists, and Dr. Austin of Gwinnett Medcial Center Hospital Medicine
Dr. Alan Wang, Dr. Martin Austin, Dr. Binu Kunjummen
This week we are highlighting several medical practices and services that the community could benefit from knowing about. Salude is an upscale transitional care and rehabilitation facility focused on providing specialized short-term, in-patient rehabilitation care in a state-of-the-art environment. Atlanta Heart Specialists’ physicians deliver a full range of cardiology services, including state-of-the-art prevention, consultation, diagnostic and treatment, and rehabilitation care. Gwinnett Medical Center’s Hospital Medicine program helps optimize the patient’s health outcomes by providing round-the-clock physician oversight of care for patients during their stay in the hospital.
Dr. Alan Wang, MD, Medical Director of Salude
- Doctorate in Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
- Residency, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
- Played key role in starting hospital medicine programs in four Emory hospitals
- Former CMO, Emory Johns Creek Hospital
- Recipient of numerous awards including Outstanding Teacher, Emory Family Medicine Residency and Emory Hospital Medicine Mark V for Overall Excellence in Hospital Medicine
Dr. Binu Kunjummen, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Atlanta Heart Specialists
- Doctorate of Medicine, Ross School of Medicine
- Residency, Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center
- Cardiology Fellowship, Tulane University
- Pacemaker/Device Fellowship, Newark Beth Israel Hospital
- Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, University of Texas
- Numerous studies on percutaneous coronary artery and renal artery interventions
Dr. Martin Austin, MD, Hospital Medicine, Gwinnett Medical Center
- Doctorate of Medicine New York University School of Medicine
- Residency, Bellevue Hospital
- Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine
This week I am joined by two cancer survivors who successfully beat their cancers but ended up as part of the group of patients who have problems where they received radiation therapy, called “late effects of radiation”. For most patients who experience these issues the symptoms they experience get better with a few weeks of time and conservative measures. But for some, they persist and can have significant impact on quality of life. The symptoms these patients experience depend upon where the radiation was administered on to the body. They can include non-healing wounds on the gums, sometimes exposing the jaw bone (mandible), necrosis (cell death) of the jaw bone, breast pain, chronic diarrhea, bleeding with urination or bowel movements, bladder pain, painful bowel movements, and sensations of urinary and/or bowel frequency and urgency. Hear how they were able to successfully treat their late effects of radiation with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Dick Cailouet and Dan Dodson, cancer survivors who are among the group who experienced late effects of radiation.
- 3 year survivor of tonsilar cancer
- CEO, Co-founder, Mastermind Marketing
- Previously, CPA, HLB Gross Collins, PC
- Expert in Involvement Marketing, having been published in numerous publications and speaking at trade shows on the subject.
Dr. Roberts-Lopez and Dr. Carroll of WellStar Medical Group talk women’s health issues
Dr. LaSonya Roberts-Lopez and Dr. Amy Carroll are physicians with WellStar Medical Group. Dr. Roberts-Lopez is an OB-GYN who specialized in urology. She is able to help women dealing with a variety of issues from interstitial cystitis, uterine or bladder prolapse, urinary (and even fecal) incontinence, and more. Dr. Carroll is an OB-GYN who subspecialized in the treatment of gynecologic cancers including ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vulvar cancer, cervical cancer, and more. Their training in gynecology, coupled with being women themselves, gives them an advantage when caring for women facing these quality-of-life-altering issues. On this week’s show they discussed a variety of problems they are able to help women with, screening options available for early detection, and measures women can take to prevent occurrence for a number of issues.
Dr. LaSonya Roberts-Lopez, MD of WellStar Medical Group
- Doctorate of Medicine Emory University School of Medicine
- Residency, OB-GYN, State University of New York
- Fellowship, Advanced pelvic surgery/urogynecology, Northside Hospital, Southeastern Gynecologic Oncology Group
Board certified fellow in obstetrics & gynecology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Roberts-Lopez is a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also a member of American Urogynecology Society, American Medical Association and International Urogynecology Society. She is in practice with WellStar Urogynecology.
Dr. Amy Carroll, MD of WellStar Medical Group
- Doctorate of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine
- Residency, University of Texas at Galveston
- Fellowship, Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dr. Carroll is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, Society of Gynecologic Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Carroll is in practice with WellStar Gynecologic Oncology.