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Prevent Colon Cancer: Schedule a Colonoscopy

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Timothy Spurling, MD Florence Gastroenterology Associates

Colon cancer – tumors in the lower part of the large intestine – is only the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. However, it ranks second as the cause for deaths due to cancer.


From an interview with Michael Pavy, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

In the 1970s, research was undertaken on the drug Tamoxifen as a possible way to help prevent breast cancer in women with a high risk. Results of those studies showed that women, who took the anti-estrogen drug for 5 years experienced a 50% reduction in cancers, compared to those who did not get Tamoxifen. High-risk women include those who had a mother or sister with breast cancer.

Medically reviewed by Michael Pavy, MD

It’s not a great statistic: 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer during their lifetime.


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

Don’t avoid seeing your personal physician or having a colonoscopy if you are over age 50, says McLeod Radiation Oncologist Dr. Virginia Clyburn-Ipock.


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

Head and neck cancers are some of the most frequent cancers we treat in this region. Learn the symptoms and how new developments in Radiation Therapy technology improve patient quality of life.

Smokers, Look Out for These Lung Cancer Symptoms

Posted on in Cancer

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

Recent research has demonstrated that annual low-dose screening CT Scans can save more lives from lung cancer than normal chest X-rays. Learn about these new guidelines and the symptoms – especially if you’re a smoker.

Colonoscopy: Two Days That Can Save Your Life

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Deepak Chowdhary, MD McLeod Gastroenterology Associates

Colonoscopy is a unique cancer screening procedure. First, it can find polyps and prevent them from growing into cancer. Second, it only takes two days of your life. The advantages far offset the disadvantages, says McLeod Gastroenterologist Dr. Deepak Chowdhary:


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

Radiation – more powerful than an X-ray – brings many benefits to today’s cancer patients. It can diagnose, shrink and even kill off tumors.

Preventing Breast Cancer with Tamoxifen

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Michael Pavy, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

Not only have we made great strides in treating women with breast cancer but today women, who have a high risk of the disease, are much better off thanks to pharmaceutical breakthroughs. McLeod Oncologist Dr. Michael Pavy describes the new hope for women at high risk of breast cancer:


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.

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