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BALLARD - Treat the whole patient


In a recent article, written on June 25th in the Atlanta Journal Constitution titled "Cancer centers revitalize Dr. Ballardsurvivors", Dr. Perry Ballard was asked about this new concept.

An oncologist at Piedmont since 1987, Dr. Ballard says “Life is never the same after you have cancer, and it goes beyond having the most cutting-edge therapies.   You have to heal yourself psychologically and spiritually. We are learning more and more about the mind-body connection.”

As a doctor seeing as many as 25 patients a day, Ballard said he hears a wide range of emotional aches and pains: a young woman who’s been prematurely thrust into menopause because of a mastectomy; a man losing sexual function; young singles wondering if they will ever get married.

Complementary care, he said, helps fill the void of what traditional medicine can do.  And patients addressing emotional and physical needs are better patients — they are more likely to keep appointments and stay on top of their treatments.

Dr. Ballard is available by appointment in his new 18,000 square foot state of the art office at Piedmont West conveniently located of I-75 and Howell Mill Road.

 



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