Background of Charlotte Gastro and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
CGH is an independent specialty practice with a staff of 24 physicians and 13 mid-level providers, including PA and FNP’s. Charlotte Gastro’s providers have been serving the Charlotte region for more than 40 years. All doctors are board-certified in gastroenterology and offer patient care in colonoscopy, advanced biliary endoscopy, liver disease, and liver transplants. Charlotte Gastro is equipped with special expertise and is currently the first group in Charlotte to offer endoscopic ultrasound of the pancreas for pancreatic cancer screening.
Charlotte Gastroenterology has 6 offices in and surrounding the Charlotte, NC area, including a research department, and has 4 endoscopy centers. They support community funding, research, and education, including bringing awareness to many diagnoses including pancreatic cancer, GI diseases, and colon cancer in the local community of Charlotte.
Charlotte Gastro has been supporting PurpleStride Charlotte since 2013 and signed on as a premier sponsor from 2013 to date. 2022 is the 9th consecutive year that Charlotte Gastroenterology & Hepatology has been a premier sponsor for PurpleStride in Charlotte.
Every year Charlotte Gastro encourages their employees to participate in the event and raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. In the weeks leading up to PurpleStride Charlotte 2022, Charlotte Gastro employees will wear purple to their offices on Fridays to show support. The practice also has educational materials in their waiting rooms and posters to encourage patients and staff to attend the event.
Every year, Charlotte Gastro also has office competitions and fundraising events. We are excited to go above and beyond this year and continue our partnership with PurpleStride.
dr. jason wilson and charlotte gastro on pancreatic cancer awareness
Why is supporting PurpleStride as a premier sponsor important to you?
“As a gastroenterologist, I don’t think there is anything worse that I see, certainly not on a regular basis.” Dr. Wilson of Charlotte Gastro states.
“Since this is the area in most need of improvement, it makes sense to focus our attention and resources on this problem. Unfortunately, despite a lot of effort being directed at treatments like chemotherapy and surgery, very little progress has been made. This is because the diagnosis is typically made at a late stage, after it is too late.”
“However, I do believe that the gastroenterology doctor can make a difference, because we are able to potentially make the diagnosis earlier.”
How does your practice have a connection to pancreatic cancer?
“If we can find the tumors at an early stage that would make a big difference in survival. In fact, if found at the earliest stage many tumors can be cured with surgery. Screening tests are now available for high-risk patients, with a family history or certain genetic mutations” states Dr. Wilson.
What are you personally most looking forward to about this year’s PurpleStride as being a doctor at Charlotte Gastro, that sees the effects of Pancreatic Cancer on a regular basis?
“I really enjoy seeing my old patients.” Dr. Wilson states.
“I see many of them during a very tough time, maybe the toughest time of their life, so it is great to see them in a relaxed and fun environment.”
What is a thought or word that comes to mind about pancreatic cancer patients/survivors?
“There are some people that actually beat pancreatic cancer,” says Dr. Jason Wilson.
“When I see survivors, the word that comes to mind is hope. That is incredibly important for anyone fighting against cancer.”
Jason Wilson, MD, AGAF, FACG, and Charlotte Gastroenterology & Hepatology are optimistic about further screening and research for Pancreatic Cancer.