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Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Atlanta, is located in historic Newnan, Georgia, just 30 minutes south of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and a short drive from the Atlanta area.

At our Lung, GI and Breast Cancer Centers in Atlanta, our experienced cancer experts are committed to delivering comprehensive, integrative care, all in one location. Their close collaboration allows our doctors and clinicians to share their knowledge, coordinate treatments and provide multidisciplinary cancer care tailored to each individual patient.

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CTCA Atlanta

Comprehensive Care and Research Center
600 Celebrate Life Pkwy., Newnan, GA 30265
New patients: 678-949-5176 | Existing patients:  770-830-CTCA
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Why we are different

With cancer treatments constantly developing and breakthroughs and discoveries changing the course of care, deciding which treatment is right for you is critical. At CTCA® Atlanta, our experts treat cancer with a wide range of standard-of-care and state-of-the-art tools and techniques. Our experts are familiar with cancer patients’ unique needs and trained in a multitude of available treatments and therapies.

Through our cancer centers, our teams of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other clinicians focus on individual cancer types and use innovative treatment and diagnostic techniques to treat specific cancers. Our multidisciplinary care team works together using an integrative model of care and evidence-informed supportive therapies to help patients manage cancer-related side effects and maintain the strength and stamina to continue treatment and get back to life. We also offer clinical trials to qualified patients.

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Community involvement

At CTCA® Atlanta, you and your caregivers can participate in various activities and classes to help you relax and enjoy your stay as much as possible while going through treatment.

As part of our commitment to making a difference in the lives of the people we serve, we invest in the local communities we call home, partnering with and supporting a wide variety of organizations that help cancer patients and further cancer research. Learn how you can help by participating in one or more of these volunteer opportunities in the Atlanta area.

We partner with a wide range of local community organizations and welcome inquiries regarding future events and partnerships. To learn more about how your organization can partner with CTCA Atlanta, please click here.

 

Our Breast, Lung and GI Cancer Centers

Teams of experts under one roof, focused on individual cancer types

At CTCA Atlanta, our cancer experts understand the value of focusing on one specific cancer type. That's why we created our cancer centers. This intensive program brings together multidisciplinary teams of doctors and other clinicians with expertise in treating specific cancer types. Our expert clinicians in the CTCA Breast Cancer Center, Lung Cancer Center and GI Cancer Center in Atlanta collaborate daily, delivering comprehensive, personalized treatments tailored to each patient’s needs and goals.

This close coordination helps our experts reach a diagnosis more efficiently and design personalized care plans so our patients can make educated decisions about their treatment. Knowing that fighting cancer is only part of the battle, our centers care team may suggest various evidence-informed supportive therapies to help manage the side effects of cancer and its treatment. Each patient's team is coordinated by a nurse navigator, who handles the details and responds to patients’ and caregivers’ questions as they arise.

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In most cases, prostate cancer symptoms are not apparent in the early stages of the disease. The symptoms of prostate cancer may be different for each man, and any one of these symptoms may be caused by other conditions. As a result, routine screenings in the form of digital rectal exams and prostate-specific androgen (PSA) tests are important.

Early warning signs of prostate cancer

Because of the proximity of the prostate gland to the bladder and urethra, prostate cancer may be accompanied by a variety of urinary symptoms, especially in the early stages. Depending on its size and location, a tumor may press on and constrict the urethra, inhibiting the flow of urine. Some early prostate cancer signs include:

Prostate specific antigen test

A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test measures the level of PSA in the blood. The prostate gland produces PSA, a protein that at an elevated level may be a sign of prostate cancer. A high PSA reading also may indicate noncancerous conditions such as inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis) and enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia).

Men who have symptoms associated with prostate cancer may have a PSA test along with a digital rectum exam (DRE). These symptoms include burning or pain during urination, loss of bladder control, painful ejaculation, and swelling in legs or pelvic area. For the test, a clinician takes a sample of your blood and sends it to a lab for analysis.

In the past, a PSA reading of 4 ng/mL and below was considered normal. Men with a reading above 4 ng/mL were considered likely to have prostate cancer and would have a biopsy to confirm the cancer’s presence. According to the National Cancer Institute, research has found that men with prostate cancer can have a low PSA level, while men without prostate cancer can have a high level. One in four men with an elevated PSA level actually has prostate cancer. However, an increase in PSA level over time may indicate a prostate tumor.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men make an informed decision with their doctor about whether to be tested for prostate cancer, beginning at age 50. Men with one or more risk factors for prostate cancer should consult with their physician about whether to start routine screening earlier.

Learn more about the PSA test and other laboratory tests

Advanced prostate cancer symptoms

Prostate cancer may spread (metastasize) and form tumors in nearby organs or bones. If the cancer spreads to the spine, it may press on the spinal nerves. Signs of metastatic prostate cancer may include:

The symptoms of prostate cancer often differ from patient to patient. The most common first sign of recurrent prostate cancer is a rise in the PSA level in the blood, making regular PSA tests all the more important in measuring the progress of treatment and checking for signs of recurrence. It is important to report new signs or symptoms to your doctor.

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Recurrent prostate cancer symptoms

Prostate cancer that returns after treatment is considered recurrent. When it returns to the area around the prostate, the disease is classified as a local recurrence. If the cancer is found in another part of the body, the recurrent cancer is considered metastatic. If the cancer metastasizes (or spreads) outside the prostate, it most likely develops in nearby lymph nodes first. Metastatic prostate cancer most often spreads to the liver, bones and lungs.

After initial treatment for prostate cancer, PSA levels are expected to drop dramatically. The first sign of recurrent prostate cancer may be a rise in the PSA level. Other symptoms of recurrent cancer may depend on whether and where the cancer has spread. Symptoms include:

Talk to your doctor about symptoms you may be experiencing and about scheduling regular PSA tests after your treatment.

Diagnosing and treating prostate cancer

Several tests may be used to diagnose prostate cancer. Once a diagnosis is determined, an array of treatment options may be available to treat the disease. Tools and procedures used to diagnose prostate cancer include:

Digital rectal examination (DRE): This typically is one of the first tests to determine the presence of prostate cancer. During a DRE, which is often performed as part of a regular physical examination, a doctor feels the prostate for lumps or unusual growths.

Biopsy: During this procedure, a tissue sample is removed and examined for the presence of cancer cells.

Imaging tests: Ultrasound, MRI, CT scan and prostascint scan may be used to help determine the size and stage of the cancer.

Advanced genomic testing: This test looks for abnormalities in the cancer’s DNA.

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Treatment options of prostate cancer  

In most cases, prostate cancer is diagnosed before the cancer has spread to distant organs or bones. And because prostate cancer cells often grow slowly, many men may not need immediate treatment. In these cases, patients may be candidates for active surveillance. Patients under active surveillance may receive regular PSA tests, biopsies and other exams to determine if the cancer is growing.

Other treatment options for prostate cancer include:

Patients with prostate cancer may experience symptoms of the disease or side effects of treatment that may impact their quality of life. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our integrative model of care is designed to help each patient manage the side effects of treatment, to preserve the patient’s quality of life and help prevent delays in the treatment regimen.   

Integrative care services for prostate cancer patients may include:

Get expert advice and care

Understanding when symptoms are a sign of something serious and either diagnosing the disease or confirming a previous diagnosis require expertise from specialists trained and experienced in treating prostate cancer. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America®(CTCA), our prostate cancer experts treat all stages of the disease.  

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Get to know some of our team

Surrounding yourself with a team of doctors focused only on treating cancer allows you to explore cutting-edge options sooner. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, or are already undergoing treatment, and you are unsure of what to do, the oncology experts at CTCA Atlanta can recommend a treatment plan that is individualized for your cancer and your needs, one designed to help you manage side effects and get back to life. Click the links below to learn more about some of our experts, or if you are interested in joining a compassionate team making a difference in the lives of cancer patients, explore career opportunities at CTCA Georgia.

Sean Cavanaugh - Director, CTCA Genitourinary Cancer Institute

Sean Cavanaugh, MD

Chair, CTCA Department of Radiation Oncology

Anita Johnson - Breast Surgical Oncologist

Anita Johnson

CTCA Breast Cancer Program Director

Eyal Meiri - Interim Chief of Medical Oncology, Medical Oncologist

Eyal Meiri

Chief of Medical Oncology, CTCA Atlanta

Jeffrey Metts - Chief of Medicine

Jeffrey A. Metts

Chief of Staff, CTCA Atlanta

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Jennifer Thigpen

Jennifer T.

Breast Cancer

"Faith became one of the most important aspects of my experience with cancer and its treatment. I recall a pastor at CTCA reassuring me that it was perfectly okay to wonder why this had happened to me—to ask God why someone who has two children, who exercises and eats well, why this would happen. But, she said, don’t get stuck there. Don’t get stuck asking, 'Why me?' Instead, let the question move into, 'What are you trying to show me?' That question allowed me to stop worrying, to pray and give thanks to God, and keep going with my day. It allowed me to relinquish some control."

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