Northside Hospital Cancer Institute has launched a new program, headed by the clinic’s medical director Dr. Iqabal Garcha, that is targeted at providing specialized care for individuals who may be at a higher risk of developing cancer.
The new High Risk Program’s initial focus will be on patients at high risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer. Patients referred to the program may be seen at the High Risk Clinic, which is located on the Northside Hospital Atlanta campus. Consultations are provided by a specially trained nurse practitioner under the supervision Dr. Garcha.
“I am very excited to be able to offer this service to our community,” said Dr. Garcha. “Patients that are at high risk for developing breast cancer have been underserved by the medical community for some time. We feel that in order to properly evaluate their risk, give them evidence-based options for reducing this risk, as well as coordinating their follow-up care, a dedicated program is essential.”
The program offers a team of compassionate and qualified oncology specialists that has expertise in high-risk screening protocols, promoting cancer prevention, facilitating early detection and providing ongoing surveillance. They work with patients to evaluate cancer risk and provide a personalized, evidence-based plan of care, which may include enhanced cancer screenings, genetic testing, lifestyle changes or regular follow-up appointments.