Doctor-patient relationship tackles colon cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer disproportionately affects the Black community. The rates are the highest of any racial/ethnic group in the U.S. 

Nicole Danell Williamson, an African American woman, began losing weight suddenly in the fall of 2019 and was concerned it wasn’t a healthy weight loss. She saw a gastroenterologist, Dr. Dimple Raina, who performed a colonoscopy which revealed a large tumor — eventually leading oncologist Dr. Karthi Subbannan to diagnose Nicole with stage 4 colon cancer. Within weeks, Nicole began chemotherapy.

Four years after her initial diagnosis, Nicole is happy and living her life to the fullest thanks to the provision of Dr. Subbannan. The duo developed an unparalleled friendship. At Northside Hospital, the foundation of exceptional care is connection. The connection between Nicole and Dr. Subbannan is rooted in kindness.

Watch to learn more about their relationship and to hear Dr. Subbannan's advice about colonoscopy screening. 

Read more of Nicole's story.

Learn more about colon cancer care at Northside. 

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Dr. Karthi Subbannan

Specialties: Hematology, Internal Medicine, Oncology

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Dr. Karthi Subbannan is a board-certified physician in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. Her special interests include breast cancer, coagulation disorders, GI malignancies and malignant hematology.

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