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UC Davis Cancer Center
(916) 734-5900
4501 X Street
Sacramento, CA
Clinic Type
Cancer

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William J Gundlach, MD
7031 Rancho Mirage Ct
Citrus Heights, CA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapo
Graduation Year: 1964

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Dwight Raymond Stickney, MD
(858) 587-9333
6511 Coyle Ave
Carmichael, CA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology, Hematology-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Sutter Roseville Med Ctr, Roseville, Ca

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Edward Wilton Hearn, MD
(916) 973-5948
1644 Arden Bluff Ln
Carmichael, CA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1966

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Elaine Yiyi Huang, MD
(916) 536-1133
1940 Cenacle Ln
Carmichael, CA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1998

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Charles Roland, MD
(619) 230-0400
PO Box 41978
Sacramento, CA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1957

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Garrick Chi-rey Chang
(916) 537-5470
6511 Coyle Ave
Carmichael, CA
Specialty
Radiation Oncology

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Gregory Blair
(916) 961-0258
6555 Coyle Ave
Carmichael, CA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Hematology / Oncology

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Roger Mills Gilbert
(916) 537-5470
6511 Coyle Ave
Carmichael, CA
Specialty
Radiation Oncology

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Ram Lalchandani, MD
(916) 962-1544
6555 Coyle Ave Ste 301
Carmichael, CA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy San Juan Hosp, Carmichael, Ca
Group Practice: Sierra Hematology & Oncology

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Colon Cancer

The third leading cancer in the US now strikes more women than men. Find out
how awareness and lifestyle choices can keep this low profile predator at bay.

By Susan Weiner

May 2006

Darlene Kipling felt like she’d been sideswiped by a city bus when her doctor announced that she had colon cancer. What made the diagnosis even more alarming is that Kipling, a registered nurse, tends to cancer patients for a living. “I really didn’t expect it to be colon cancer,” she says. “My symptoms were so minor. Probably if I had not been an oncology nurse, I would not have realized I had a problem until much later.”

The minor symptom that prompted Kipling, then 52, to see her physician would easily have been overlooked by most of us: a tiny speck of burgundy in her stool. She spotted it once, then again three weeks later. At the urging of her physician, Kipling underwent a colonoscopy (the most comprehensive test for colon cancer), where he discovered and removed three polyps, growths that project from the lining of the intestine or rectum.

Polyps, which grow on a stalk and may appear like a mushroom or a cherry on a stem, can turn into cancer with time. A biopsy of Kipling’s polyps determined that two of the mushroom-like growths were, indeed, cancerous.

Kipling was fortunate: The disease was early-stage. Colon cancer caught early can often be cured simply by removing the offending growths, but her doctor opted for a bowel resection, surgery that entails removing portions of the diseased bowel and reattaching the remainder to create a functioning colon. The surgery is significant and not without risks, including infection, abscess, fistula, obstruction and lifetime use of a colostomy bag. Fortunately, she came through it without a hitch.

Had Kipling not been a self-described “stool watcher,” she never would have detected what turned out to be a life-saving symptom. If she’d missed the sign, or waited, the symptoms would have progressed and could have included severe abdominal pain, constipation, bleeding and black stools. Early-stage colorectal cancer—which includes cancers of the colon, rectum, appendix and anus—is highly treatable, with a five-year survival rate of 90%, yet only 39% of all cases are diagnosed at this highly curable stage, mostly due to low rates of screening.

“The bottom line for me is that I had the earliest possible form of colon cancer,” says an indebted Kipling, who presently works for Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “The lesson is that people need to check their stool.”

A Warning for Women

Once considered a man’s disease, colon cancer now afflicts more women than men. Colon cancer is the third leading cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among both sexes in the US, but significantly more women than men are now diagnosed with the malady. The American Cancer Society estimates that 57,460 women will learn that they have colon ...

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