ATLANTIC GENERAL HOSPITAL
Rabindra Paul, M.D.
Other than not smoking and getting regular checkups, what are smartest things a person can do to reduce their chances of getting cancer?
Avoid alcohol; eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods; limit fat intake. Obesity is associated with the higher risk of various cancers. Healthy weight and routine exercise may lower the risk of various types of cancer, including cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, colon and kidney. Avoid risky behaviors. Risky sexual behaviors can lead to various viral infections that may increase the risk of cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer and one of the most preventable. Protect yourself from the sun: Avoid midday sun, when the sun's rays are strongest; stay in the shade as much as possible; cover exposed areas. Wear loose-fitting clothing that covers as much of your skin as is practical; use sunscreen when you're outdoors, and reapply often.
In addition to chemotherapy treatment, what other services do you provide to the community?
My main duty is to diagnose and treat cancer, explain to the patient the process of the disease and what stage it is in at the time of diagnosis, discuss treatment options and recommend the best treatment plan. I work with my patients every step of the way to understand what the condition is and what the prognosis and associated treatment plan are. As a hematologist, I also work with patients who have various blood disorders, from anemia to cancer to sickle cell disease.
What is Atlantic General Hospital doing to address the cancer treatment needs of the community?
AGH plays a major role in the formation, implementation and coordination of the cancer prevention, education, screening and treatment program in the community. One of our primary concerns is to ensure that patients receiving cancer therapy have minimal disruption of their everyday lives. This is accomplished by offering the highest quality care, close to home, in an environment that is professional, friendly, responsive and easily accessed.
AGH also provides screening procedures to the community, including mammograms, breast exams, pap smears, pelvic exams, colposcopies and colonoscopies; we also provide smoking-cessation programs to the community.
AGH’s Breast Cancer Task Force provides a collaborative forum to discuss and determine "best practices" in the community and provide education among community physicians. The task force identifies issues in cancer care and provides professional improvement opportunities for various cancer-care physicians The Outpatient Infusion Center at AGH provides outpatient infusion and transfusion services. Specially trained nurses provide patient care involving intravenous medications, chemotherapy infusions, blood transfusions and therapeutic phlebotomies.
ATLANTIC GENERAL HOSPITAL
9733 Healthway Drive
Berlin, MD 21811
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