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From an interview with Michael Pavy, MD Oncologist-Hematologist

About one out of every 10 women carries the gene that can make them susceptible for breast cancer.  McLeod Oncologist Dr. Michael Pavy explains the three types of breast cancer, how to find out if you carry this gene and what to do should you have it.

6 Breast Cancer Myths And the Truth You Need to Know

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rommel Lu, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

“There are so many myths about breast cancer that it is difficult to narrow down the list,” says McLeod Oncologist Dr. Rommel Lu. “Plastic surgery, the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene, and underwire bras are just a few of the ‘issues’ people have misunderstandings about that we do NOT address here. Checking with the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation or the American Cancer Society are good reference sources for you.”

From an article by Amy Murrell, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group

In the last decade, multiple advancements are increasing long-term survival for women with breast cancer. These advancements have included improvements in imaging technology, enhanced surgical techniques and new discoveries in oncology.


From an interview with Virginia Clyburn-Ipock, MD McLeod Radiation Therapy

Today’s radiation therapy for cancer uses computerized, multiple streams of highly focused beams to improve survival, reduce side effects and reduce the number of treatments needed.

Medically reviewed by T. Rhett Spencer, MD McLeod Health Radiation Oncology

For a man, the diagnosis of Prostate Cancer can be devastating. The concern is not so much for his ultimate survival (five-year survival rates are almost 100%; and at 10 years, almost 99%.). It’s the specter of potential treatment side effects that strike directly at his “manhood” -- possible incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Anti-Cancer Foods

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rommel Lu, MD

At some point you have probably read a reference to “super foods” that can be eaten to help prevent cancer. However, most nutrition and cancer experts will tell you that no single food will prevent cancer.

Leukemia: When Cancer is in Your Blood

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Michael D. Pavy, MD

“Where’s coach?” several players asked. His absence from the regular Monday meeting struck the attendees as more than unusual. It was extraordinary for their NFL head coach to miss this critical weekly team meeting.

Treating Colon Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Timothy J. Spurling, M.D.

The colon is the four to six feet of the large intestine and an important part of your digestive system. With the broad range of "bad for us" foods we impose on the colon – nachos, pizza, fries, steak, and BBQ to name just a few – it’s no surprise that colon cancer strikes 1 in 18 Americans.

Preventing Colon Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Timothy J. Spurling, M.D.

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. However, it is also one cancer that can be prevented with regular screening through colonoscopy.

Treating Leukemia, Cancer of the Blood.

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with James C. H. Smith, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

The many advances in treatments for Leukemia make this one of the most survivable cancers. McLeod Oncologist Dr. James Smith explains treatments for the two most common types of Leukemia – Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML).

Multiple Myeloma

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with James C. H. Smith, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. It occurs when plasma cells in a person’s bone marrow react abnormally. It can even result in DNA changes in your bone marrow. Yet, it can be treated, says McLeod Oncologist James Smith, MD.

Leukemia: When there’s cancer in your blood.

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with James C. H. Smith, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

Most cancers originate in a specific part of the body, such as the lung, breast or brain. Leukemia is different in the sense that it is a cancer of the blood, as McLeod Oncologist James Smith, MD explains:

When Breast Cancer Spreads

Posted on in Cancer

Metastasized Tumors & Their Treatment

Medically reviewed by Amy Murrell, MD

Mammograms: Promise & Limitations

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by, Noel Phipps, MD Florence Radiological Associates

Will You Be 1 in 5 Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer? - National Breast Cancer Foundation

Lung Cancer Screening with CT Scans

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Scot Schultz, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

For years, regular chest X-rays were recommended for smokers and others, who were at high risk of lung cancer.

So Many Mammo Guidelines. What’s a Woman To Do?

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Noel Phipps, MD Florence Radiological Associates

“When it comes to discovering breast cancer, a woman can do a self-exam, looking for lumps or changes in the size or shape of the breast,” says Radiologist Dr. Noel Phipps, Medical Director of McLeod Breast Imaging. “Also, a physician or nurse can perform a clinical breast exam, feeling for lumps or other changes. Or the gold standard for diagnosing breast cancer is the mammogram.* But the questions many women face are 1) when should I start getting mammograms and 2) how often should I get a mammogram?”

Brain Cancer Overview. What you Need to Know.

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Dr. William Naso Florence Neurosurgery & Spine

Let’s start with 3 pieces of good news:

You are the Key to Spotting Your Breast Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Amy Murrell, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group

 Learn the Signs and Symptoms

New Developments in Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted on in Cancer

From the 2015 McLeod Health Cancer Report Article by Vinod K. Jona, MD McLeod Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates

Early detection, diagnosis, and staging of lung cancer across the entire spectrum often begins with the important procedures brought to bear by the pulmonologist in determining whether or not a lung cancer is present. One procedure for the pulmonologist is the basic bronchoscopy.

Preventing Colon Cancer, the Silent Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Deepak Chowdhary, MD McLeod Gastroenterology Associates

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men, after prostate and lung cancer and second most common in women, after breast cancer.

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