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Recent Podcasts

Neuroendocrine Tumors

By Eugene Woltering, MD

Dr. Woltering discusses neuroendocrine tumors and their treatment at The Neuroendocrine Program at Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner.
It is a rare hormone producing tumor that affects neuroendocrine cells and are present throughout the nervous and endocrine systems. Most of the time it is very slow growing and it is often difficult to diagnose. The patient may present with vague symptoms such as flushing, diarrhea, palpitations, cardiac disease or wheezing. Because of the difficulty in diagnosing these tumors, diagnosis is delayed on average of 10 years. Neuroendocrine tumors can originate anywhere in the body. Carcinoid tumors, however, are the most common detected and are usually found in the lungs or GI tract. Neuroendocrine treatment is multi-disciplinary, with local and systemic forms of therapies available. With new agents on the horizon, it now becomes the challenge to shrink the disease, while continuing to improve the quality of life.

Dr. Woltering practices at Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner.  He can be reached at (504) 464-8500.

Rectal Cancer

By Joshua Parks, MD

Dr. Parks discusses colon and rectal cancer.  Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer worldwide as well as in the US.  It is more common in men vs. women. The main different between colon and rectal cancer are the treatment and management plans.
Colonoscopies are a good screening method, especially when a patient presents with symptoms.

Dr. Parks practices at Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus. He can be reached at (504) 391-8833.

Breast Cancer

By Sydney Prescott , MSN , NP

One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. 
Nurse practitioner Sydney Prescott discusses treatment options currently available, what to look for as far as breast changes and the likelihood of men having breast cancer.  In addition, she discusses Ochsner’s free breast cancer support group - Hope Chests.
Sydney Prescott practices at Ochsner Health Center on Summa Avenue and O’Neal Lane and can be reached at 225-761-5410.

Colonoscopies and Colon Cancer

By Aldo Russo , MD

Louisiana ranks higher than the rest of the nation in colon cancer cases, making screening and detection even more important.
A colonoscopy is a common procedure that can determine whether or not a patient has colon cancer.  Ochsner Gastroenterologist Dr. Aldo Russo discusses risk factors for colon cancer.
Dr. Russo practices at Ochsner Health Center on Summa Avenue and O’Neal Lane and can be reached at 225-754-3278.

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