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Robert Chas Shepard, MD
(434) 604-0402
5604 Highland Ct
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1978

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Edwin C Douglass, MD
(302) 498-6857
Bldg E336 Rte 141 and Henry Clay Rd
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1974

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Judith J Ochs, MD
(302) 886-5361
Chesapeake 2B-726 1800 Concord Pk
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Gerard Thomas Kennealey, MD
(302) 886-2540
PO Box 15437
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1970

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Geert Kolvenbag, MD
(302) 886-2801
PO Box 15437
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Maureen F Edelson, MD
(302) 651-4429
PO Box 269
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1990

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Hong Chu Wang, MD
(920) 923-7950
PO Box 269
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Taipei Med Coll, Taipei, Taiwan (385-04 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: St Agnes Hospital, Fond Du Lac, Wi
Group Practice: Radiation Oncology

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Tarek Sahmoud, MD, PHD
(302) 886-4071
1800 Concord Pk C1C 722
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Andrew William Walter, MD
(302) 651-5500
PO Box 269
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Pain Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1986

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Gregory Crawford Griffin, MD
(302) 651-5500
PO Box 269
Wilmington, DE
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Christiana Hosp, Newark, De; Dupont Hosp For Children, Wilmington, De
Group Practice: Alfred I Du Pont Institute

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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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