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From an interview with Stewart Sharp, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Seacoast

Cancer doctors continually learn how to more specifically target the tumor, while reducing harm to the remainder of the body. McLeod Seacoast Oncologist Stewart Sharp, MD, reveals some of the newer developments in cancer chemotherapy:

Multiple Myeloma: When Cancer Strikes Your Bone Marrow

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.

3 Tips on Preventing Colon Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Timothy Spurling, MD Florence Gastroenterology Associates

“The best way to prevent colon cancer is to have a screening colonoscopy,” says McLeod Gastroenterologist Dr. Timothy Spurling. “If we find and remove polyps, we prevented them from turning into colon cancer. I also have three other tips to lower your risk.”

Leukemia: When There’s Cancer Flowing 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: 

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.

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 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.

Too Much Mammography? No!!

Posted on in Cancer

An American Response to the Recent Canadian Study

Medically Reviewed by Noel Phipps, MD Florence Radiological Associates 

6 Tips on Preventing Breast Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Bajaj, MD

Surviving breast cancer starts with spotting it early by  keeping a close eye out for a new breast lump, pain or swelling in the breast (especially in the nipple) or nipple discharge other than milk. 

Breast Reconstruction After Cancer Surgery Improve Your Body Image and Self-Esteem

Medically reviewed by Donald Heffel, MD McLeod Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medically reviewed by Joseph Pearson, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group


From an interview with Rajesh Bajaj, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

It’s a case of good news, bad news, good news. We are all living longer. That’s good. But because we get to grow older, more of us are experiencing cancer. That’s bad. However, the latest good news is improvements in cancer treatment are continually being unveiled.

Medically reviewed by Noel Phipps, MD Florence Radiological Associates

Dense breasts were once thought to raise the risk of breast cancer so dramatically that nearly half the states have laws (NC has a law; SC is considering one) requiring a woman’s doctor to talk to her about screening in addition to mammograms.

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

Today’s radiation technology can improve cancer treatments and limit side effects.  Radiation Therapist Dr. Virginia Clyburn-Ipock discusses:

Breast Cancer Surgery: What a Woman Needs to Know

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Amana Turbeville, MD McLeod Loris Seacoast Surgery

Where can you find information? Who should be on your “team?” A mastectomy vs. the less invasive lumpectomy? What are lymph nodes and why are they important? 

From an interview with Karim Tazi, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

The connection between smoking and lung cancer has long been confirmed. McLeod Medical Oncologist Dr. Karim Tazi explains the importance of stopping smoking if you want to reduce your risk and the lung cancer risks of your family.

Treating Lung Cancer -- New Advances

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Karim Tazi, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

The treatment of lung cancer has advanced rapidly in the past 10 years. McLeod Medical Oncologist Dr. Karim Tazi discusses the treatment options now available for the patient diagnosed with lung cancer. 

Medically reviewed by Karim Tazi, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

Every cancer patient will spend a great deal of time with their Medical Oncologist. This cancer specialist follows patients from diagnosis through their treatment and coordinates with other specialists who are also treating the patient. One of the McLeod Medical Oncologists, Dr. Karim Tazi, offers a detailed look at this important role and the use of cancer treatments.

Breast Cancer and The Surgeon’s Key Role

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Amanda Turbeville, MD McLeod Loris Seacoast Surgery

When the diagnosis confirms cancer, a team of people goes to work for you …and with you. McLeod Breast Surgeon Dr. Amanda Turbeville explains the process – starting with your mammogram.

Medically reviewed by Tobin Hyman, Chief Medical Physicist McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment & Research

Within a few years of the discovery of X-rays in 1896, cancer patients were being “treated” with radiation therapy. Multiple radiation treatments were often needed, usually combined with surgery.  Side effects included hair loss and damage to tissues and organs near the cancer.

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