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  • Cancer

    Know Your Breast Cancer Risk Factors. Control Those You Can.

    Amanda Turbeville, MD
    McLeod Loris Seacoast Surgery – Little River
    19 JANUARY 2018

    There is a long list of items that can put you at greater risk for breast cancer. Some – like your family’s history of cancer – you cannot control. Yet, McLeod Surgeon Amanda Turbeville, MD, says there are many breast cancer risk factors you CAN control.

  • Cancer

    Brain Tumors. What You Need to Know.

    William Naso, MD
    Florence Neurosurgery & Spine Center
    11 JANUARY 2018

    “The diagnosis of a brain tumor is obviously a life-altering experience, because the brain is who we are,” says Dr. William Naso of Florence Neurosurgery & Spine Center. “It’s the center of how we interact with people.”

  • Cancer

    Breast Cancer Breakthroughs and Advances in Detection, Treatment

    Amy P. Murrell, MD
    Pee Dee Surgical Group
    03 JANUARY 2018

    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.

  • Cancer

    Talking with Someone Who Has Cancer

    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    28 DECEMBER 2017

    “It is not easy talking to someone who has a life-threatening health issue, even for those of us who deal with it every day,” says McLeod Oncologist, Dr. Sreenivas Rao. “So, we understand how difficult you find it when faced with a friend or family member who is a cancer patient. This article includes some suggestions and some straight talk directly from cancer survivors.”

  • Cancer

    If You Won’t Quit Smoking, At Least Watch for These Lung Cancer Symptoms

    John T. Atkins, III, MD
    McLeod Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates
    22 DECEMBER 2017

    About 90% of lung cancers are caused by smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke a day and the younger you started smoking, the greater your risk of lung cancer.

  • Cancer

    Fighting a Thousand Cancers – Treating One Person at a Time

    Rajesh Bajaj, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    13 DECEMBER 2017

    “Cancer is not one disease,” says McLeod Cancer Specialist Rajesh Bajaj, MD. “It fact, it’ a group of perhaps thousands of different diseases, which have some common characteristics.  For this reason, cancer treatments are very complex and increasingly personalized.”

  • Cancer

    Immunotherapy: Using the Body’s Immune System to Attack Cancer

    Michael D. Pavy, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    07 DECEMBER 2017

    Today, advancements in cancer treatment are taking place at a rapid pace. One form of treatment, called immunotherapy, involves using the patient’s immune system to attack the cancer cells.

  • Cancer

    Surviving Cancer. The New Normal.

    01 DECEMBER 2017

    With New Treatments, Cancer Patients are Surviving Longer.

  • Cancer

    Leukemia: When There’s Cancer Flowing in Your Blood

    James C. H. Smith, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    20 NOVEMBER 2017

    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.