Just a reminder that RGA will be closed November 26-27 (Thanksgiving and the day after) to allow our team some time off for the holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, November 30. ... See moreSee less
Heartburn is common during the holidays because of big, frequent meals. Serious or frequent heartburn is known as gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as a sour or bitter taste, hoarseness, the feeling of needing to clear your throat, difficulty swallowing food or liquid, or wheezing/coughing, it’s important to talk to your doctor.
Colon cancer is on the rise among young people. Talk to you doctor if you're having symptoms such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain or unexplained weight loss. Don't delay getting screened. The recommended screening age for average-risk individuals is 50, 45 for African Americans, or earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps. ... See moreSee less
Our hearts go out to the family and fans of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who died this past weekend after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is a relatively rare GI cancer, accounting for about 3% of all cancers in the U.S. but about 7% of all cancer deaths.
Current screening efforts are somewhat limited, and the disease is often diagnosed in later stages. But knowing the risks – smoking, family history, obesity, chemical exposure, age and gender – can help individuals better understand the disease and promote earlier detection and diagnosis.
Dr. James Frakes, who helped co-found RGA 40 years ago, recently was awarded the distinction of Master of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (MASGE). He is a clinical professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties and a 1976 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.
Only 58 of more than 10,000 gastroenterologists in the U.S. have been honored with this recognition, which reflects substantial contributions to the goals and ideals of the GI profession, according to the college. He’s made outstanding contributions to teaching and patient care, research, and advocacy.
Cautious and caring is how our medical staff approaches GI conditions so we can develop diagnosis and treatment plans that help patients feel better and improve their quality of life. #FeedbackFriday... See moreSee less
Earlier this year, we started offering infusion services for our patients diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Central to this process are our dedicated infusion team members, who have developed close bonds already with our patients who visit RGA regularly for their infusion medications.