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(NOTE FOR READERS: Content for this article is from answers at the McLeod Women’s Health Forum “Straight Talk” This article contains straightforward discussions of women’s health problems and is designed for mature readers.)

Medically reviewed by Paul Chandler, MD McLeod Women’s Care

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.

Direct Anterior Hip Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

From a presentation by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

If you need a hip joint replacement, you’ll have a wide choice of talented, highly trained surgeons and a variety of approaches to the surgery. McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon David Woodbury, MD describes one approach that is increasingly popular among patients:

Diagnosing Incontinence

Posted on in Women's Health

(NOTE FOR READERS: Content for this article is derived from answers at the McLeod Women’s Health Forum “Straight Talk.” This article contains straightforward discussions of women’s health problems and is designed for mature readers.)

Medically review by Marla Hardenbergh, MD McLeod OB/GYN Dillon

Peripheral Arterial Disease: Signs & Symptoms

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Carmen Piccolo, DO McLeod Vascular Associates

Arteries near your heart aren’t the only ones in your body that can become clogged with plaque. Your arms and legs can also suffer from this disease, as McLeod Vascular Surgeon Carmen Piccolo, DO, explains.

Problems of a Standing Desk

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“Sitting is the new smoking” goes one slogan, urging office workers to stand, rather than sit at your desk. It must be working. One company that makes so-called “standing desks” doubled its sales in 2014 and is expected to double it again in 2015.

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.

Fibroids the Hidden Epidemic

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Gary Emerson, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

The National Institutes of Health has called fibroids in women a “hidden” epidemic. The late Rep. Stephanie Tubs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, called uterine fibroids a “silent epidemic” that seems to affect black women more severely that their white peers.

Safety & Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Eric Heimberger, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

Patient Safety is important to all the medical professionals involved in your knee or hip replacement.

Endovascular Repair of Aortic Aneurysm

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

The aorta, a large artery that carries blood from the heart, can enlarge and rupture with life-threatening results. Thanks to surgical developments, repairing the enlargement or aneurysm is usually a simple operation, says McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD:

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.

Surgical Options for Breast Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Joseph Pearson, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group

Nearly every woman diagnosed with breast cancer has surgery – even if they also have radiation, hormone therapy, targeted drug therapy or chemotherapy. Lets review a woman's surgical options.

Minimally invasive Hysterectomy

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Charlesd Tatum, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

It was more than 2 decades ago that a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus with small incisions was first introduced. Yet, in 2010 nearly 60% of the hysterectomy surgery in the US were still being performed with long incisions across a woman’s stomach. Although the traditional approach to hysterectomies can be medically required in some cases, most women are excellent candidates for the newer technique.

Surgically Fixing Carotid Arteries

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

A blocked carotid artery in your neck can trigger a stroke. However, McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD, says the fix is easy with little pain:

Precautions to take after Total Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Barry Clark, DO Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

“Life after total joint replacement of a knee or hip can be great – if you follow your therapy to regain strength and balance and take some precautions,” says McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Barry Clark, DO. “The precautions are largely meant to avoid stressing your new joint until healing and recovery are well on their way.”

Don’t Shrink from Treating Uterine Fibroids

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Michael Davidson, MD McLeod Women’s Care

Not long ago, Brenda thought it was just part of being a woman. Not just her monthly period, but the pain and bleeding that bothered her throughout the month. Some days Brenda couldn’t work. She missed her daughter’s dance recital. Her constant need for a bathroom made her hesitate to go out with friends. And her pain took the romance out of sex with her husband.

Symptoms of Strokes

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

Don’t ignore temporary blindness, paralysis or trouble understanding or speaking to people. These could be signs of a stroke. Spotting and treating strokes quickly is important to saving a life.

Your Love Life After Hip or Knee Joint Replacement

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopedics Florence

Pain and limited movement caused by osteoarthritis in a knee or hip can limit life in many ways – intimacy with your spouse or partner is just one of those ways.

10 Years of Tamoxifen: Good News...

Posted on in 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.

Stroke Danger and the Carotid Artery

Posted on in Heart Health

From a presentation by Christopher Cunningham, MD McLeod Vascular Associates

There are 3 types of strokes: hemorrhagic, caused by bleeding; embolic, when a solid piece of plaque breaks off and blocks blood to your brain; and the embolic stroke triggered in your carotid artery. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Christopher Cunningham, MD, explains the carotid embolic stroke:

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