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Thursday, 25 August 2016 19:42 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, about one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Staying aware of risk factors and symptoms and maintaining a regular checkup schedule with a primary care doctor are key to staying healthy.

Risk Factors

  • Age: Prostate cancer risk rises rapidly after the age of 50, and is most often diagnosed in men older than 65.
  • Race/Ethnicity: Prostate cancer is more common among men with an African heritage.
  • Family History: Men with a family history of prostate cancer are urged to begin screenings by the age of 45.

What are some of the symptoms?

Early prostate cancer: Usually causes no symptoms, but can be identified by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a man's blood or through a digital rectal exam (DRE).

Advanced cancer symptoms: Problems urinating, blood in urine or semen, trouble getting an erection, pain in hips, back, spine, chest, or other areas if the cancer has spread.

men-doctor-prostateWhat are some of the latest treatment options for prostate cancer?

Patients with moderate prostate cancer are treated with two temporary radiation implants. Also known as HDR or temporary implants, each procedure is done over the course of one morning/early afternoon. The patient leaves the clinic following the implant without any radiation remaining in their prostate (unlike permanent implants), so they recover more quickly and there is no radiation exposure to their families.

For more advanced disease, patients can be treated with external daily radiation and HDR/temporary implants in combination.

What services does Atlanta Oncology Associates provide for men with prostate cancer?

Atlanta Oncology Associates, a division of American Professional Associates, has been treating and curing men with prostate cancer for more than 40 years. We are a recognized leader in the Atlanta metro region in prostate cancer technology and expertise. This commitment to quality care benefits our patients through a range of innovative treatment options, not a "one size fits all" approach.



Founding Partner

Dr. McCord is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the American College of Radiology, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Gilbert Fletcher Society. Dr. McCord has been named as one of Atlanta Magazine Top Doctors for 2016. Physician selection to this honor is peer review.

He resides in Alpharetta with his wife, Rachel and sons, Jacob and Noah. He enjoys hiking and camping with his sons and retrievers, Sophie and Ariel. He is a fan of Vanderbilt (his college), sports. His wife is a children's librarian now active in support of the local library system, and they both are avid readers.


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Alpharetta | Atlanta | Eastpoint | Greensboro | Hawkinsville | Macon | Over 15 Hospitals and Centers


Monday, 31 August 2015 16:30 Written by MIguel Velazquez
Prostate Cancer: What Every Man Should Know

Prostate Cancer: What Every Man Should Know

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting American men to date. And while symptoms can include urinary and sexual problems, this
slow-growing disease can easily go unnoticed. Stay healthy with these tips and regular checkups from your primary care physician.

What are the Risk Factors?

  • Age – Two-thirds of prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65. The risk of contracting prostate cancer increases with age.
  • Race – Found in men from diverse ethnicities, prostate cancer is most commonly found within African American men and Jamaican men of African heritage.
  • Family History – Men with family history of prostate cancer are more likely to get it themselves, so they are encouraged to be examined beginning at age 45.

What about screening and diagnosis?
According to the American Cancer Society, men 55 years or older should be offered a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a blood test to check for levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA). Signs to look
for include:

  • Frequent urination or difficulty urinating
  • Hesitant urination (difficulty emptying the bladder)
  • Painful urination

If your doctor suspects signs of prostate cancer or you have a significant change in your PSA values, tissue will be taken from your prostate and examined under a microscope. This test is called biopsy.

PHOTO1How do I treat prostate cancer?
If diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is best to discuss treatment options with a radiation oncologist and a urologist. These doctors specialize in treating prostate cancer with radiation therapy or surgery. The treatment choice is ideally left up to the patient, but the doctors can provide guidance based on your specific findings and disease characteristics.

Treatment options include:

  • Surgery
  • External beam radiation therapy
  • Prostate brachytherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Cryosurgery
  • Active Surveillance



Craig Wilkinson, MD

Centers: Georgia Center for Total Cancer Care at Preston Ridge

Medical Degree: University of Miami School of Medicine

Residency: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Department of Radiation Oncology and Department of Internal Medicine.

Special Interests: Radiation Oncology/Bracytherapy, Breast Cancer, Prostate/Genitourinary Cancers, Lung Cancer, Head/Neck Cancers, Gynecological Cancers, Lymphomas, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Central Nervous System Cancers, Stereotactic Radiosurgery (Brain and Extracranial), and Benign Disorders

Dr. Wilkinson is married and lives in the Alpharetta area with his family. He is active in the local community and is involved in the cancer committees of the three local hospitals in the Alpharetta area. He has also been an integral part in starting Tumor Board/Multidisciplinary Conferences at two of the three local hospitals. Dr. Wilkinson enjoys playing intramural sports, new "technology" (i.e. toys!) and traveling.


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Alpharetta | Atlanta | Eastpoint | Greensboro | Hawkinsville | Macon | Over 15 Hospitals and Centers



Tuesday, 01 May 2012 15:43 Written by
James Benton, MD

Know your options. Get a second opinion.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in men behind lung cancer.  It is a disease which affects 1 in 6 men in their lifetime, but it is also one which is almost 100 percent curable when caught early.

The time after you’ve been diagnosed with cancer can be a confusing and frightening process.  It is a time when you should try to learn all you can about the disease, and of course, a time when you must weigh all your options and learn about all your treatment choices.  Because treatments vary and success rates vary, it is important to find the right treatment for you.  Often, many people seek the knowledge and advice of more than one doctor.  This is called a second opinion. 

A second opinion is the result of a patient or family member who seeks to validate a physician’s recommendation for treatment.  Sometimes the second opinion is sought on the advice and recommendation of the first physician, and sometimes the opinion is sought without the first physician’s awareness.  In either case, the patient or family member is usually seeking a different perspective for a variety of reasons or attempting to validate the first opinion.

Asking for a second opinion is common practice and most insurance companies will cover the cost; however, it is recommended that you verify with your provider first. 
Some prostate cancers can be very aggressive and present men with a significant health challenge.  The more knowledge you have about your particular diagnosis and the treatment options available, the more comfortable you will be regarding the health care decisions you make.  Second opinions lead to more treatment options and give you comfort, peace of mind and a sense of assurance.  It is important that you feel confident you’ve made the best decision possible with the best available information before deciding on treatment.  Never hesitate to know your options.

Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia (RCOG), a Vantage Oncology affiliate, has earned a reputation for being one of the country’s top cancer treatment and research facilities.  Thousands of individuals from across the country come to Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia to seek a second opinion and learn more about their treatment options following diagnosis.  With a commitment to quality, use of the latest radiation technologies and research focus, RCOG is committed to providing high quality and compassionate care.  Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia is also the exclusive provider of ProstRcision®, a unique technique for curing prostate cancer that uses a combination of pinpoint irradiation through seed implantation and image guided external beam irradiation.  ProstRcision is one of the most reliable and proven modalities in treating prostate cancers, evident by one of the highest cure rates in the world in the over 14,000 men treated over the last 30 years within the RCOG system.

To learn more about Prostate Cancer or seek a consultation with a Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia physician, please call 877-472-8804 or visit

Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia,
a Vantage Oncology affiliate
(877) 472-8804