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Quality, Personalized Cancer Care
In Our Community

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Your Life, Our Commitment

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The Road to Recovery
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Welcome to Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia – Lawrenceville

RCOG – Lawrenceville provides radiation therapy utilizing the most advanced technologies available. We provide quality cancer care in a calm, friendly environment. We offer integrative oncology services to our patients that include nutritional counseling and Life After Cancer programs. As a part of the RCOG network of 5 clinics in the Atlanta area, Lawrenceville provides radiation therapy utilizing the most advanced technologies available for providing state of the art cancer treatment. Patients undergoing cancer treatment face many challenges. We try to make getting needed treatment as easy as possible by offering state of the art treatments in clinics within your community, avoiding the hassles of travel into the city. We provide quality cancer care in a calm, friendly environment.

Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia was founded in 1984 by renowned radiation oncologist Dr. Frank Critz. It is a center of excellence in radiation treatment for cancer. We use the latest radiation technology and meticulous research to treat men and women with different types of cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, colon, lymphatic and many others. Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia is also home to the oldest and most successful prostate seed implant program in existence. We’re proud to say that our treatment for prostate cancer, ProstRcision®, has the world’s highest proven cure rate.

We started with one location in Conyers, Georgia, a quiet suburb of Atlanta. But over the years, we’ve branched out with offices throughout the metro Atlanta. As we’ve expanded, our reputation has grown as well. Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia has become one of the country’s top cancer treatment and research facilities, especially in the area of prostate cancer.

We have treated more than 17,000 men for prostate cancer. We have compiled our observations of these men, both before and after treatment, into one of the largest computerized databases on prostate cancer in the U.S. In addition, our doctors have written over 80 peer-reviewed research papers on prostate cancer that have been published or presented at major medical meetings.

Each year, patients from across the United States and around the globe, come to us seeking a cure for their cancer.

Physicians



Philip Shrake, MD

Radiation Oncology

Philip Shrake, MD is board certified as a Radiation Oncologist by the American Board of Radiology.

Dr. Philip Shrake has spent the last 18 years as a radiation oncologist at RCOG’s Gwinnett County Radiation Oncology Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He has been practicing radiation oncology for over 20 years.

Dr. Shrake believes in providing quality, personalized cancer care in a community setting, and demonstrates that commitment daily in his patient care activities.

Dr. Shrake graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1989, before spending time on a medical mission at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital in Swaziland. Afterwards, he returned to the U.S. and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Shrake worked in private practice in Kentucky and Texas before moving to Georgia and joining RCOG. “Gwinnett County Radiation Oncology Center provides patients in this area with access to the best cancer care available,” said Dr. Shrake. “I am delighted to be a member of a team fully committed to excellence in cancer treatment.”

Dr. Shrake is originally from Indiana. In his free time he enjoys tennis, golf and running.

Education:
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Cincinnati, Chief Resident – University of Cincinnati
Transitional Residency: Transitional Resident, St. Vincent Hospital
Relief Physician: Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, Swaziland, Southeast Africa

Board Certification:
American Board of Radiology
Therapeutic Radiology

Membership:
American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
American College of Radiation Oncology
American Radium Society

Hospital Privileges:
Gwinnett Medical Center
Eastside Medical Center
Northside, Dekalb Medical Center
Rockdale County Medical Center
Newton County Medical Center

Hospital Committees:
Gwinnett Medical Center Cancer Committee
Gwinnett Medical Center Lung Cancer Leadership Committee

Publications:

  • First Study Ever to Analyze 25 years of Data after Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Patients
    Georgia Physicians’ Study Published in the Journal of Urology
    F.A. Critz, J.B. Benton, P.D. Shrake, M.L. Merlin
  • Cigarette Smoking Does Not Affect Treatment Results of Simultaneous Irradiation For Prostate Cancer
    J.B. Benton, F.A. Critz, A.K. Levinson, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake. ASCO Proceedings, 22:444, 2003.
  • Patient Age Related To Prostate Specific Antigen Bound By Recursive Partitioning Analysis After Brachytherapy For Prostate Cancer
    F.A. Critz, J.B. Benton, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake, A. Ciampi, A. Couturier. ASCO Proceedings, 22:438, 2003.
  • Pretreatment Erectile Function Of Men Who Underwent Brachytherapy For Prostate Cancer
    F.J. Schnell, F.A. Critz, J.B. Benton, P.D. Shrake. ASCO Proceedings, 22:444, 2003.
  • Prostate Specific Antigen Nadir After Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer Correlates With Prognosis of Men Who Recur
    Frank A. Critz, A. Keith Levinson, James B. Benton, Frederick J. Schnell, and Philip D. Shrake. J Urol 169 (supplement):179, 2003.
  • A Standard Definition of Disease Freedom is Needed for Prostate Cancer
    F. Critz, J. Benton, F. Schnell, P. Shrake. American Brachytherapy Society Meeting. ABS Proceedings, 1:57, 2001.
  • Acute and Late Morbidity Following Simultaneous Irradiation for Prostate Cancer
    F.A. Critz, K. Levinson, F. Schnell, J. Benton, P. Shrake. ASCO Proceedings, 20:189a, 2001.
  • Disease Free Survival Rates Following Irradiation of Prostate Cancer According to Age
    J.B. Benton, F.A. Critz, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake. ASCO Proceedings, 21:167B, 2002.
  • Sexual Function Following Simultaneous Irradiation for Prostate Cancer
    F.A Critz, J.B. Benton, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake. ASCO Proceedings, 21:188a, 2002.
  • Ten-Year Disease Free Survival Rate Calculated With PSA Cutpoint 0.2 ng/ml In Men After Brachytherapy For Prostate Cancer
    F.A. Critz, A. Keith Levinson, J. B. Benton, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake. J Urol 169 (supplement):181, 2003.
  • Treatment of Gleason Score 7 Prostate Cancer with I-125 Implant Followed by External Beam Radiotherapy
    J. Benton, F.A. Critz, K. Levinson, V. Griffin. ASCO Proceedings, 18:317a, 1999.
  • Young Men with Prostate Cancer Treated by Simultaneous Radiotherapy
    A. A. Sheikh, F.A. Critz, A.K. Levinson, J.B. Benton, F. Schnell, P. Shrake, L.S. Maxa. ASCO Proceedings, 19:227a, 2000.
  • Urinary Obstruction Following Brachytherapy Treatment of Prostate Cancer
    F.A. Critz, A.A. Sheikh, P.D. Shrake, A.D. Levinson, J.B. Benton. ASCO Proceedings, 19:376a , 2000.
  • Obstructive Uropathy Following Simultaneous Irradiation For Prostate Cancer Measured By A Longitudinal Study of The American Urological Association Symptom Index For Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
    F.A. Critz, A. Keith Levinson, James B. Benton, F.J. Schnell, Philip D. Shrake. ABS Proceedings, 2:67, 2003.
  • Postirradiation Prostatitis: A Previously Unrecognized Syndrome Following Brachytherapy For Prostate Cancer
    F.A. Critz, A.K. Levinson, J.B. Benton, F.J. Schnell, P.D. Shrake. ABS Proceedings, 2:66, 2003.

  • Technologies

    Brachytherapy
    Cone Beam CT
    Eclipse Treatment Planning System
    High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
    Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
    Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
    ProstRcision®
    Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)


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