Cancer Clinics Natchez MS

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Jack Joseph Rodriguez, MD
(601) 442-9210
150 Jefferson Davis Blvd Ste 12
Natchez, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ponce Sch Of Med, Ponce Pr 00732
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Natchez Community Hospital, Natchez, Ms; Natchez Reg Med Ctr, Natchez, Ms
Group Practice: Natchez Oncology Clinic

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Roderick Givens
(601) 442-1285
133 Jefferson Davis Blvd
Natchez, MS
Specialty
Radiation Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Cancer Care & Diagnostic Ctr

Edwin M Davidson
(228) 864-3000
1110 Broad Ave
Gulfport, MS
Specialty
Medical Oncology

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Curtis Lynn Collins
(662) 620-1468
830 S Gloster St
Tupelo, MS
Specialty
Hematology

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Gail Cranshaw Megason, MD
(601) 984-5220
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1985

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Jack Rodriguez
(601) 442-9210
150 Jeff Davis Blvd
Natchez, MS
Specialty
Hematology-Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Natchez Oncology Clinic

Wail Alnas
(662) 244-4673
345 Baptist Blvd
Columbus, MS
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Stephanie L Elkins
(601) 984-5615
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Hematology

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Dale Pullen
(601) 984-5220
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

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William D Burleson
(228) 809-5000
2809 Denny Ave
Pascagoula, MS
Specialty
Radiation Oncology

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Living With Cancer

Cancer is more than just a bunch of cells that have run riot. Behind the test findings
in every case is a person who has to deal with the illness and its impact on all the other
facets of one’s existence, including work and relationships. Meet three people who have
adapted their lives to cancer’s everyday reality—and learned about
themselves in the process.

By Claire Sykes

May 2008

From diagnosis to treatment and beyond, cancer is a challenging road. Formerly a near-certain death sentence, the disease is often now more of a detour. The five-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 1996 and 2003 is 66%, up from 50% in the period between 1975 and 1977, according to the American Cancer Society. (The rate compares survival among cancer patients to that of people of the same age, race and sex not diagnosed with cancer.) The improvement in survival reflects progress in diagnosing certain types of cancer at an earlier stage and advances in treatment. Factors such as behavior are difficult to gauge in survival, though the selflessness and determination of the following three survivors, and the emotional support they received, appears to have played a role in their endurance. Here are their stories.

Cynthia’s Story: A Complicated Pregnancy

Two and a half years ago, a pregnant Cynthia Lufkin, 45, was examining her breasts. “I felt unusual changes, not like my first pregnancy,” the Washington, Connecticut, philanthropist recalls. Mammograms were not an option because a baby was due, and three doctor visits in five months uncovered nothing. Then, 32.5 weeks along in her pregnancy, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Lufkin had to give birth as quickly as possible via C-section so treatment wouldn’t harm the baby. One doctor urged chemotherapy, another a bilateral mastectomy. Lufkin chose the latter. Meanwhile, because she was born prematurely, little Aster Lee was suffering complications of her own and was put on oxygen, with a 50-50 chance of making it through the night. “For those 12 days before my surgery, it was unbearable, not knowing if my baby or I was going to die,” Lufkin says.

When Lufkin awoke from anesthesia, her newborn was breathing on her own. But two weeks after her surgery, Lufkin started chemotherapy followed by radiation. “There was no question about either,” she says.

To stay as healthy as possible, Lufkin watched her diet and kept herself moving. With her the whole way was Donna Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT, personal trainer, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, who says, “Chemotherapy causes fatigue and weight gain, and radiation can cause more scar tissue, making full range of motion difficult. Cynthia’s exercises were stretches and arm movements coordinated with her breathing, to decrease stress and return mobility, relieve soreness and stiffness, and improve posture and circulation.”

Before chemo could take her hair, Lufkin had it removed. “That was tough,” she says. “To ev...

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