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Dr. Tina Ashley Khair, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
826 Washington Road; Suite 204
Westminster, MD
 

Dr. Tina Khair's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Before completing her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, Dr. Khair attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her clinical interests include lung cancer, second opinions, and colon cancer. Dr. Khair accepts United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. Dr. Khair welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , colon cancer, gastrointestinal cancer

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Dr. Satish A Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
826 Washington Road; Suite 204
Westminster, MD
 

Dr. Satish Shah is an adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology specialist. These areas are among Dr. Shah's clinical interests: leukemia, lung cancer, and colon cancer. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, PPHN, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. He attended medical school at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Shah's training includes a residency program at Harrisburg Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Radiation Oncology
291 Stoner Avenue
Westminster, MD
 

Dr. David Salinger's area of specialization is radiation oncology. Before performing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Salinger attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Salinger's areas of clinical interest consist of second opinions, colon cancer, and breast cancer. He honors Coventry, Coventry Bronze, and Coventry Silver, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital.

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All Interests: Second Opinions, Sarcoma, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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