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

Louis Vincent Puneky, MD
(601) 352-2273
501 Marshall St Ste 208
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Mississippi Baptist Health Sys, Jackson, Ms; St Dominic-Jackson Memorial H, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Jackson Medical Clinic

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Rathi Vaidyanath Iyer, MD
(601) 984-5220
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Osmania Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Univ Of Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: University Clinic Associates; University Pediatrics Associates

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Gerry A Houston
(601) 355-2485
1227 N State St
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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

Meera Hazra Sachdeva, MD
1401 River Rd
Greenwood, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Bs Med Coll, Univ Of Calcutta, Bankura, West Bengal, India
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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Martin Murphree Newcomb, MD
(601) 373-4421
1860 Chadwick Dr Ste 301
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Central Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Jackson Oncology Assoc

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Daniel Ako Patterson, MD
(228) 809-5251
2809 Denny Ave
Pascagoula, MS
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: First Leningrad I P Pavlov Med Inst, St Petersburg, Russia
Graduation Year: 1982

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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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