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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: 

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).

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.

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

Researchers are finding many ways to help deduce or eliminate side effects of cancer chemotherapy. One of chemotherapy’s side effects still escapes the researchers, according to McLeod Seacoast Oncologist Stewart Sharp, MD. Yet, there are ways to help the patient:

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

Adding to the anxiety of cancer is the unknown of what your first chemotherapy treatment will be like. McLeod Seacoast Oncologist Stewart Sharp, MD, helps relieve the unknown by explaining what happens when you go in for a chemotherapy cancer treatment.

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? 

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