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Dr.James Hueftle
(406) 723-2616
400 South Clark Street
Butte, MT
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1981
Speciality
Oncologist
General Information
Hospital: St James Healthcare
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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James Gilbert Hueftle, MD
(406) 723-2616
400 S Clark St
Butte, MT
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1981

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James Hueftle
(406) 723-2616
400 S Clark St
Butte, MT
Specialty
Medical Oncology
Associated Hospitals
St James Healthcare

Eugene Hughes
(406) 723-2616
Butte, MT
Specialty
Radiation Oncology

Patrick Gibson Beatty, MD
(406) 728-2539
500 W Broadway St
Missoula, MT
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: St Patrick Hospital, Missoula, Mt
Group Practice: Montana Cancer Specialists

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Trent D Milhalick, MD
(406) 723-2621
400 S Clark St
Butte, MT
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Trent D Mihalick, MD
(406) 723-2621
3635 Hartford Ave
Butte, MT
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1987

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Trent Mihalick
(406) 723-2621
Butte, MT
Specialty
Radiation Oncology
Associated Hospitals
St James Heathcare

Gulafsan Melliere
(406) 723-2525
35 S Main St
Butte, MT
Specialty
Oncologist
Associated Hospitals
University of Pennsylvania Hosp

David B Myers, MD
(406) 245-6982
2900 12th Ave N
Billings, MT
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincent Hosp & Health Ctr, Billings, Mt; Deaconess Billings Clinic, Billings, Mt
Group Practice: Billings Surgical Group

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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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