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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.

Surviving Cancer: The New Normal

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Ashley Atkinson McLeod Senior Occupational Therapist

With New Treatments, Cancer Patients are Surviving Longer.


Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Michael Pavy, MD

Melanie sat at her kitchen table, sipping her coffee, enjoying the birds in the garden.  She smiled, recalling the positive prognosis she received after finishing chemotherapy for her breast cancer. “I’m going to phone Mom and tell her,” Melanie thought.  Then, she couldn’t remember a phone number she had called thousands of time.  “Oh well,” she thought, “I’ll make some lunch.” Yet, struggle as she might, Melanie couldn’t remember the ingredients for her favorite recipe.

Stages of Cancer: What you need to know

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Dr. Rajesh Bajaj McLeod Oncology & Hematology Assoc.

After the doctor says “cancer,” a patient’s mind is flooded with a thousand questions. For most patients – “How bad is it?” – is the most urgent question.

Bumps in the Road: Cancer Treatment Side Effects.

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by James Smith, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

The punch in your belly from a cancer diagnosis is followed by a tidal wave of emotions and questions. How to tell your family, your friends, your boss? Then, come decisions on treatment options. It’s not an easy road to travel. Understanding what to expect can help with your decisions and your journey.

Fighting Cancer Fatigue

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rommel Lu, MD

Cancer patients often feel tired physically, mentally and emotionally. Not surprising, given the struggle and stress of testing, surgery, radiation therapy and the attack of chemotherapy on cancer cells.

The Importance of Clinical Trials

Posted on in Cancer

Patients with childhood acute leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease and testicular cancer all have something in common: Cures for their cancers were developed through clinical trials.

Clinical trials can focus on diagnosis, screening and prevention. However, most of us think of clinical trials in the context of potential new treatments. Patients who exhaust standard treatments in surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy often explore participation in clinical trials, where they can gain access to promising new treatments not generally available elsewhere.


Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Tobin C. Hyman, MS, DABR Chief Medical Physicist

Radiation therapy for cancer is delivered in two primary forms: External, in which a large x-ray generator sits outside the patient directing beams into the patient and Internal, where the radiation is placed inside the patient mere millimeters from the tumor or directly inside the tumor.

Medically Reviewed by John T. Atkins, MD McLeod Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates

Let’s be honest: Smoking causes lung cancer.

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.

Breast Reconstruction

Posted on in Cancer

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

When actress Angelina Jolie had her highly publicized mastectomy, she had breast reconstruction surgery at the same time. The decision to have breast reconstruction is becoming a more common decision among the 296,000 women annually who face breast cancer.

Keys to Cancer Survival

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Bajaj, MD

Cancer is about survival. One key to your long-term survival is…YOU.

Radiation Therapy Overview

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Dr. T. Rhett Spencer

Bulky machines sit in a darkened room. A bed stretches into the inside of the machine. It may buzz or hum. These machines that direct radiation into cancer are one of the most effective ways to kill, control or shrink tumors.

Chemotherapy Overview

Posted on in Cancer

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sreenivas Rao

Along with surgery and radiation therapy, chemotherapy – the use of powerful drugs to attack cancer cells – is one of the main treatments available to cancer patients.

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.

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.

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