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Monday, 28 September 2015 15:26 Written by MIguel Velazquez
A Coordinated Approach to Cancer Care

A Coordinated Approach to Cancer Care

At Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, we know that every person, every cancer diagnosis, and every road to recovery is unique. That's why our Breast Care Center offers a personalized approach to treatment that provides our members with a convenient, coordinated and compassionate care experience.

When lumps are diagnosed and treated in their earliest stages, breast cancer treatment has a much higher likelihood of success. That's why we encourage our members to follow a breast health routine that includes regular mammogram screenings, which can help detect breast cancer up to two years before it can be found by self-examination.

If a Kaiser Permanente member has an abnormal mammogram result, our Breast Care Center is notified instantly through our electronic health record, which connects our members to their entire care team. A biopsy is often scheduled by the following day.

Photo-01After receiving a cancer diagnosis, our members sit down at a table with a breast surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and breast care coordinator to create a comprehensive care plan. This multi-disciplinary team approach to care—with patients playing an active role in the decision-making—results in a more coordinated, timely and satisfying care experience.

Along with our streamlined and coordinated approach to breast health care, we also offer the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program that our members can enroll in after completing treatment. A dedicated Breast Care Center specialist monitors the health of participants, who receive physical evaluations, psychological screenings, a comprehensive review of treatment received, as well as a five-year plan for follow-up care.

To learn more about Kaiser Permanente's unique approach to cancer care, visit www.cancercare.kaiserpermanente.org.

 

MEET YOUR PHYSICIAN
Pierson Gladney, MD

Kaiser Permanente Sandy Springs Medical Office

Dr. Pierson Gladney is triple board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. She is graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed her residency and a fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine.

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Monday, 28 September 2015 14:08 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Breaking Down Breast Cancer

Breaking Down Breast Cancer

Did you know, according to the American Cancer Society breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in American women. However, modern medicine and technology are helping women live longer by discovering and treating breast cancer earlier. Stay informed and up to date with these breast cancer facts and tips.

What are the risk factors?

  • Age – Over 75 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 50.
  • Genetics – Having a family history of breast cancer in a mother or sister can increase your risk for developing the disease.
  • Children – Having children later in life or choosing to have them not at all can increase risk.
  • Unhealthy Lifestyle – Lack of physical exercise, poor diet, being overweight and regular consumption of alcohol have also been shown to increase risk of breast cancer.

What about screening and diagnosis?

The most common screening test for breast cancer is a mammogram along with a clinical breast exam beginning at age 40. Women with a higher risk may also be advised to receive an MRI.
The warning signs for breast cancer differ for each woman. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • A change in the look or feel of the breast and nipple.
  • A lump. Most lumps turn out to be benign and not cancerous, but it is still important to be cautious.
  • Swelling in the armpit.

Photo-1How do I treat breast cancer?

Breast cancer is often treated with surgery. Breast conserving surgery focuses on only removing the cancerous tissue from the breast, while a mastectomy is the surgical removal of the breast. Following surgery, patients often receive radiation therapy, which uses X-rays to destroy cancer cells. Some patients also require chemotherapy and/or hormone blocking therapy.

 

Sandra l. Gregory, MD

Board Certification: Radiation Oncology
Medical Degree: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey
Residency Training: Montefiore Medical Center and Weiler Hospital in New York
Undergraduate: University of New Hampshire
Special Interests: Breast Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer

Dr. Gregory is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. She has worked in hospitals and cancer treatment centers in Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia. Dr. Gregory has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research findings at several national conferences.

Dr. Gregory resides in Alpharetta, Georgia. She is an avid and talented horseback rider.

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Friday, 29 June 2012 18:12 Written by
James Hamrick, M.D.

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia

Breast Care Center Coordinates Care at a Critical Time

A desire to work closely with people led Dr. James Hamrick to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in medicine. Now, the triple board-certified physician is chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia and an integral part of its Breast Care Center.

With the goal of providing a more integrated service, Dr. Hamrick and a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists convene to study the case of every Kaiser Permanente member diagnosed with breast cancer. Within days of receiving the diagnosis, members sit down at a table with a breast surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and a breast care coordinator to create a comprehensive care plan. This team approach to treatment—with patients playing an active role in the decision-making—results in a coordinated, timely and more satisfying care experience.

As an oncologist and hematologist, Dr. Hamrick manages the treatment of cancer, often guiding patients through the difficult process of chemotherapy. He believes educating patients about their disease gives them power over their illness.

To ensure patient care is carefully coordinated, Dr. Hamrick works closely with other cancer specialists, as well as plastic surgeons and pharmacists. Kaiser Permanente’s electronic medical record makes it easy for care teams to share information and stay connected.

Dr. Hamrick completed medical school at the University of North Carolina, where he also earned a Master’s in Public Health. He completed his residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. He is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology.

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia
www.kaiserpermanente.org

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is the state’s largest not-for-profit health plan with 28 medical offices in the metro Atlanta area.

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