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  • Cancer

    Breast Cancer Treatment Advances: Better Outcomes for Survivors

    Ravneet Bajwa, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    15 OCTOBER 2019

    Thanks to early diagnosis and a range of new treatment discoveries, women with breast cancer are seeing improved chances of long-term survival.

  • Cancer

    3D Mammograms: Better Detection, Less Need to Rescan Patients

    W. Shawn Conwell, MD, FACR
    Carolina Radiology Associates
    10 OCTOBER 2019

    Technical breakthroughs continuously improve diagnosis and treatment. Such is the case of 3D Mammography, now available at McLeod Health. Radiologist Dr. W. Shawn Conwell explains why 3D mammograms are better for spotting breast cancer than traditional 2D mammography.

  • Cancer

    You Can Help Prevent Your Own Cancer

    Donny Huynh, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates at Seacoast, a Department of McLeod Regional Medical Center
    25 SEPTEMBER 2019

    Nothing can guarantee a person will never acquire cancer. But 30 to 50 percent of all cancer cases are avoidable, says McLeod Oncologist Dr. Donny Huynh. “There are many steps a person can take to lower their risk.

  • Cancer

    Ever-Better Cancer Treatment Therapies

    Ravneet Bajwa, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    24 SEPTEMBER 2019

    A cancer diagnosis never represents good news. Yet, with advances in diagnosis and treatment, many cancers are treated more like chronic conditions, such as diabetes, than the acute catastrophic cancers of the past.

  • Cancer

    Targeted Treatment to Take Out Cancer

    James C. H. Smith, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    20 SEPTEMBER 2019

    Surgery, radiation and conventional chemotherapy stand as the hallmarks of current cancer treatment. Now the term “targeted therapy” frequently enters the conversation.

  • Cancer

    Easing the Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Radiation Treatment

    Larry D. Grubb, MD
    MRMC Radiation Oncology
    12 SEPTEMBER 2019

    Advances in highly targeted radiation treatment give men greater hope for survival from prostate cancer than ever before. Yet, because the prostate is right next to the rectum radiation can affect the bowel, urinary and sexual function. But, a new development is changing all that.

  • Cancer

    10 Years of Tamoxifen: Good News for Women with High Risk of Breast Cancer

    Michael D. Pavy, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    03 SEPTEMBER 2019

    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.


  • Cancer

    Brain Tumors Are Life-Altering Events — Yet There is Hope

    William Naso, MD
    Florence Neurosurgery & Spine Center
    30 AUGUST 2019

    The diagnosis of a brain tumor is a life-altering event. Ultimately, the brain is who we are. It is the seat of our soul and the keeper of our thoughts. It is what makes us fully human.

  • Cancer

    Your Chemobag: Things to Pack for Your Chemotherapy Session

    Ravneet Bajwa, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    19 AUGUST 2019

    Chemotherapy treatment  for cancer can take a toll on you emotionally and physically. To keep you comfortable and engaged for the hours you spend at the McLeod Cancer Center, come prepared. Chemotherapy cancer patients should prepare a chemobag packed with a variety of items to help them,