Shining a Light on the Pancreas

By: Kenneth M. Sigman, MD Mention the pancreas to most non-medical people and you will get a questioning stare. Most do not know where it is, its functions or the diseases that can affect it. Mention the pancreas to most medical professionals and the reactions will most likely be dread and fear of its disease… Read More »

Breakfast with the Doc: Common Gastrointestinal Issues Thursday, Nov. 21

Join Owen McLean, MD, with Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen, as he talks about gallbladder, constipation, and reflux issues, and how to treat them. A registrered dietitian will also share dietary recommendations for various digestive disorders. You have probably heard the buzz. Is a gluten-free diet right for you? Hear what our… Read More »

Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question

The American Gastroenterology Association has compiled a list of 5 things that both physicians and patients should ask. When you have a lot of questions to ask your physician, plan ahead, so you won’t forget what you want to ask. Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question

Birmingham Live Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Conference

This year’s Birmingham Live Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Conference is scheduled for August 24, 2013. BGA’s own Dr. Kenneth Sigman and Dr. Craig Philpot are among the presenters. Continuing Education credit available for physicians and nurses. Click here for more information.

Esophageal Cancer Facts

Esophageal Cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the esophagus-a long hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. It carries food after swallowed to your stomach for digestion. Symptoms of esophageal cancer include: Difficulty swallowing Unexplained weight loss Chest pain, pressure, or burning Fatigue Frequent choking while eating Indigestion… Read More »

Colon Cancer Facts

Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer and is often curable if caught early.  The lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is equal among men and women.  Colorectal cancer can strike at any age but is most common after the age of 50.  As you age, the risk of colon cancer… Read More »