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  • Cancer

    Mammograms: Promise and Limitations

    Noel L. Phipps, MD
    Carolina Radiology Associates
    09 OCTOBER 2018

    Mammograms don’t prevent cancer and they have their limitations. Yet, mammograms are the most effective way available to screen women for breast cancer.

  • Cancer

    What is Dense Breast Tissue and Why Does it Matter to Me?

    W. Shawn Conwell, MD, FACR
    Carolina Radiology Associates
    01 OCTOBER 2018

    Breast tissue density is essentially an observation of how much fat versus normal tissue (technically fibro-glandular tissue) comprises the breast. Fat appears black on a mammogram, while normal tissue appears white. Most forms of breast cancers are also white on a mammogram.

  • Cancer

    Your Chemobag: Things to Pack for Your Chemotherapy Session

    Ravneet Bajwa, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    28 SEPTEMBER 2018

    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.

  • Cancer

    3 Tips on Preventing Colon Cancer

    Timothy J. Spurling, MD
    McLeod Digestive Health Center
    17 SEPTEMBER 2018

    “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.

  • Cancer

    Preventing Colon Cancer, The Silent Cancer

    Deepak Chowdhary, MD
    McLeod Digestive Health Center
    12 SEPTEMBER 2018

    Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in men, after prostate and lung cancer and second most common in women, after breast cancer.

  • Cancer

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

    Michael D. Pavy, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    06 SEPTEMBER 2018

    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

    Lung Cancer Screening Could Save Your Life

    Wayne Holley, MD
    McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
    27 AUGUST 2018

    Thanks to continuing research, smokers or former smokers who are at high risk for lung cancer now have a screening test that can help spot cancer earlier, increasing survival.

  • Cancer

    Leukemia: When Cancer is in Your Blood

    Michael D. Pavy, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    23 AUGUST 2018

    Leukemia – like all cancers – results from the wrong kind of cells growing in the body.  Unlike normal cells, these cancer cells don’t die, they continue to divide and eventually crowd out the healthy cells.

  • Cancer

    External Beam Radiation Therapy – Attacking Cancer from Outside

    T. Rhett Spencer Jr., MD
    MRMC Radiation Oncology
    14 AUGUST 2018

    Bulky machines sit in a darkened room.  A bed stretches into the inside of the machine. It may buzz or hum. These machines that direct radiation into cancer are one of the most effective ways to kill, control or shrink tumors.