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Peter Ungaro, MD
(910) 342-3001
109 Darley Ln
Wilmington, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Arvil D Stephen, MD
(910) 772-7573
3151 S 17th St
Wilmington, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Walter Henry Gajewski, MD
(910) 762-9093
2131 S 17th St
Wilmington, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Obstetrics And Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: St Annes Hospital, Fall River, Ma; Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Ri; Women & Infants Hospital Of R, Providence, Ri
Group Practice: Anesthesia Associates Of New London Pc

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Kenneth William Kotz, MD
(910) 343-0447
1515 Doctors Cir
Wilmington, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Hematology-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: New Hanover Reg Med Ctr, Wilmington, Nc; Cape Fear Mem Hosp, Wilmington, Nc
Group Practice: Hanover Medical Specialists

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William Mc Nulty Jr, MD
(919) 763-5182
1515 Doctors Cir
Wilmington, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: New Hanover Reg Med Ctr, Wilmington, Nc; Cape Fear Mem Hosp, Wilmington, Nc; Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, Sc
Group Practice: Hanover Medical Specialists

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Andrew Philip Brown, MD
(910) 763-1137
2800 Ashton Dr
Wilmington, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of London, Royal Free Hosp Sch Med (See 917-34)
Graduation Year: 1978

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Dr.Walter Gajewski
(910) 343-0161
2131 South 17th Street
Wilmington, NC
Gender
M
Speciality
Oncologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Kenneth Irvin Fink
(910) 772-9202
2131 S 17th St
Wilmington, NC
Specialty
Medical Oncology

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Peter C Mancusi-Ungaro
(910) 343-7597
2131 S 17th St
Wilmington, NC
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

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Birgit Arb, MD
(919) 763-5182
1515 Doctors Cir
Wilmington, NC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Pa State Univ Coll Of Med, Hershey Pa 17033
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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