A personal narrative from Dr. Rhaney:
Before coming to Atlanta Medical Center, I practiced for six years with Southeastern Gynecologic Oncology, which was the largest gynecologic oncology practice in the United States.
This experience afforded me an excellent opportunity to work intimately with patients who were dealing with gynecologic cancer. In general, oncology patients have unique health care needs, either as a result of the cancer or the cancer treatment, and what is considered standard medicine may not apply to these patients. However, once the cancer has been treated and is considered at low risk for recurrence, these patients often are lost to follow-up. They no longer see their oncologist on a regular basis, and most general gynecologists are uncomfortable treating them. Unlike many gynecologists, I am comfortable treating the special health needs of cancer patients.
My experience with cancer became personal when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. The pathway from diagnosis to survivorship is an inspiring, life-shaping journey from fear to empowerment and one that I wouldn’t change. As I learned while on my personal journey to survivorship, aside from my oncology team, no one could inspire hope and wellness in me like a cancer survivor. When your physician is also a cancer survivor, well, that’s a motivational catalyst. That’s exponentially effective.
With greater than 10 million cancer survivors in the United States and more than one half of those survivors being women, there is a need for survivorship medicine. I am proud to join Atlanta Medical Center in offering these services to women.
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