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  • Cancer

    New Developments in Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

    Vinod K. Jona, MD
    McLeod Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates
    17 JANUARY 2017

    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.

  • Cancer

    Colonoscopy: Two Days That Can Save Your Life

    Deepak Chowdhary, MD
    McLeod Gastroenterology Associates
    11 JANUARY 2017

    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:.

  • Cancer

    Lung Cancer Screening with CT Scans Now Recommended for Some

    Scot C. Schultz, MD
    McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
    28 DECEMBER 2016

    For years, regular chest X-rays were recommended for smokers and others, who were at high risk of lung cancer.

    McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Scot Schultz, MD told listeners to the Ken Ard radio show that low-dose CT Scans are now recommended and covered by health insurers for certain individuals.

  • Cancer

    Chemobrain: Dealing with This Curious Side Effect of Cancer Chemotherapy

    Stewart A. Sharp, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology – Seacoast
    22 DECEMBER 2016

    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.

  • Cancer

    What Happens When You Go in For a Chemotherapy Cancer Treatment

    Stewart A. Sharp, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology – Seacoast
    18 DECEMBER 2016

    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.

  • Cancer

    Targeting Tumors Through New Advances in Cancer Chemotherapy

    Stewart A. Sharp, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology – Seacoast
    07 DECEMBER 2016

    Chemotherapy  describes a number of different agents. “Traditional” chemotherapy is an older type therapy, particularly with the development of new therapies, such as biologic agents that have very specific targets. This is possible through new knowledge on human genetics and the particular peculiar genetics that are associated with cancer. We now understand that there are very specific pathways cancer cells depend on for their survival. There’s a tremendous effort underway to make medicines that can block parts of those pathways and suppress the cancer.

  • Cancer

    Multiple Myeloma: When Cancer Strikes Your Bone Marrow

    James C. H. Smith, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    30 NOVEMBER 2016

    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.

  • Cancer

    3 Tips on Preventing Colon Cancer

    Timothy J. Spurling, MD
    Florence Gastroenterology Associates
    21 NOVEMBER 2016

    “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.”

  • Cancer

    Leukemia: When There’s Cancer Flowing in Your Blood

    James C. H. Smith, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    15 NOVEMBER 2016

    Leukemia is a disorder of the system that produces the white blood cells. Basically there is a disruption of the cut-off system that regulates the normal creation of while blood cells. Consequences of this disruption include too many white blood cells. Occasionally, we can see too few white blood cells. We might also detect a disruption or problems with the production of the red blood cells or hemoglobin and platelets.

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