Obesity is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States and Damien Hansra, M.D., a medical oncologist at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, knows that it is also a contributing factor to developing cancer and cancer recurrence. His goal is to have his patients focus on overall wellness as part of their cancer care.
“Obesity causes inflammation and inflammation drives cancer and other chronic illnesses,” said Dr. Hansra. “I urge all my patients to take advantage of the unique supportive resources available at the Piedmont Fayette Cancer Wellness Program as well as the Piedmont Wellness Center while under care and into long-term survivorship. The education and lifestyle modifications that are taught through the program, allow patients to fight fatigue, increase stamina, and reduce their long-term risk for recurrence.”
Dr. Hansra was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, and came from a family that had careers in healthcare. Dr. Hansra’s first job was as a mental health technician, but once he was in medical school he got interested in internal medicine and then oncology.
“Oncology, like internal medicine, involves finding solutions to complex issues, but it also involves treating, or helping with, psychosocial issues,” said Dr. Hansra. “I think there is an important mind-body connection to cancer treatment.”
Dr. Hansra earned his medical degree at the University of Miami and completed his residency and fellowship at University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is board certified in Hematology, Medical Oncology, and Internal Medicine. He moved to Georgia four years ago and enjoys running and biking with his family. He speaks English, Spanish, and French.
In addition to a focus on wellness, Dr. Hansra also is involved with numerous research studies and investigations.
To learn more about Dr. Hansra and Piedmont’s oncology options, visit piedmont.org/cancer or call 770.719.6098 to speak with nurse navigators to connect you with services. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hansra at Piedmont Oncology, call 770.719.7365 or schedule an appointment at piedmont.org.
SOURCE: Piedmont Healthcare