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Dr. Gullett: Now Offering Proton Therapy

Proton Therapy for Chattanooga Area Residents   I am happy to announce that I now offer cancer patients both conventional radiation (using photons) at Erlanger Health System as well as proton radiation at the Provision Proton Center in Knoxville, TN. Many patients ask...

Study: Cells Actively Stop Breast Cancer from Becoming Invasive

Study: Cells Actively Stop Breast Cancer from Becoming Invasive

New research detailed in Medical News Today could lead to individualized tumor behavior predictions based on the gene expression within the myoepithelial layer, which appears to reach out and snatch cancer cells trying to escape to the rest of the body.

The Stages of Cancer and How They Have Changed

In early 2018, there were significant changes made to the AJCC staging system. A big part of oncology residency is memorizing staging. You may have been told you had a Stage I breast cancer, only to find out it now is a Stage IIB. Here’s why….

What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer Stages

What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer Stages

Prostate cancer staging has changed to be more reflective of the biology of the cancer and how we anticipate it will behave. We all have cancer cells in our bodies. Hopefully, our immune systems take care of these cells. As an oncologist, I have to figure out which prostate cancers will metastasize to the lymph nodes and the bones.

May Is Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month #BTAM We need to do better. The National Brain Tumor Society is correct. There have been only 4 new drugs and one device in the past 30 years in the treatment of brain tumors.  Compared to the progress seen in breast or prostate...

How to Avoid Surgery for Prostate Cancer

If you’re a man diagnosed with prostate cancer, request a referral to see a Radiation Oncologist. A radiation oncologist can treat prostate cancer, non-invasively, with less risk of urinary leakage and erectile dysfunction.    Prostate cancer is typically slow growing...

Mice Should Use Caution if Using Giant Cell Phones for 9 Hours a Day

Can using your cell phone cause cancer? According to a recent study on mice placed in a room, bombarded with whole body radiation for 9 hours a day (because no one makes tiny cell phones for mice) for a period of 2 years (e.g. lifespan of the mice), the answer is, maybe.

Forty Two Percent

That’s the number you need to know. The American Cancer Society recently published the Annual Age-Adjusted Cancer Death Rates by Sex, United States, 1975-2015. The report provides a detailed review of the expected cancer incidence in 2018 and provides a breakdown by...

Who wants a colonoscopy?

If you are over 40 years old, you may want to consider it.  The Journal of the National Cancer Institute recently published a study last month “Colorectal Cancer Incidence Patterns in the United States, 1974–2013” showing that our risk of colorectal cancer is now back...

Opioids are not the problem

I prescribe opioids every day. Opioids are effective, relatively inexpensive, and safe. In general, if you take too many, you fall asleep which typically prevents you from taking more. Cancer patients can experience severe pain. Pain occurs when the cancer has eaten...

The “C” Word Event: In the Media

Word is getting out about the free program and documentary viewing of The "C" Word this Wednesday, June 28th. Dr. Gullett was recently featured on WTVC's This 'N That with James Howard, as well as WRCB’s 3 Plus You, to discuss the event. She also received this amazing...

WTH Okinawa?

WTH Okinawa?

Seriously, what happened? We loved you. Okinawa had earned the respect of doctors, researchers and health experts all over the world. All of us who work every day to improve the general population’s health. We wanted to be Okinawan. We needed Okinawa to show us the...

The “C” Word: FREE Documentary Viewing

Cancer...are we treating the disease or just a symptom?  Join us for a viewing of a documentary that asks tough questions about cancer treatment - The C Word. Following the documentary, there will be a Q&A session hosted by: Erlanger Physicians, Dr. Norleena Gullett,...

Ever Heard of The Blue Zones?

A couple of years ago I read Dan Beuttner’s book The Blue Zones.  Mr. Beuttner is a National Geographic Explorer and he traveled the globe in search of places where people live the longest, with low rates of chronic disease. He identified 5 places which he called...

Life after Cancer Treatment

I never was told what to expect after cancer treatment. I was so happy to be done, but at the same time there is this fear. “Is it really over?” and “What if it comes back?” Let’s face it, a cancer diagnosis is life changing. Sometimes, it isn’t fully realized until...

Optune: Sci-fi or Science?

Science Fiction or Science? Dr. Gullett offers the newest treatment for brain tumors at Erlanger Health System. Tumor treating fields are a radical new way of treating a brain tumor called a “GBM” or glioblastoma mutiforme. You may have seen photos on the internet or...

Why Isn’t your Doctor a Woman?

Have you heard about the latest JAMA study? People with female doctors die less and are less likely to have to go back to the hospital. The results of the recent Harvard study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) confirms what several...

Skin Care Products That May Harm Your Health

My girlfriends recently asked me what skin care products are “safe” to use. Meaning skin care products that don’t put them or their families at risk for cancer. From a scientific standpoint, it is a complex question that requires a thorough review of the literature. I...

In Their Words

“The staff was great. I would not change anything.”

“Dr. Gullett was fantastic. I cannot dream of better care. Nursing staff was terrific. I have already recommended Dr. Gullett to friends.”

“I was very pleased with my time here. Everyone was so nice.”

“I'm glad I had to come from Cleveland...I love Dr. Gullett. Thank you all so much.”

“Very professional. Always felt comfortable...especially with Dr. Gullett.”