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  • 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.

  • Cancer

    Preventing Breast Cancer with Tamoxifen

    Michael D. Pavy, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    14 NOVEMBER 2017

    Not only have we made great strides in treating women with breast cancer but today women, who have a high risk of the disease, are much better off thanks to pharmaceutical breakthroughs.

  • Cancer

    Radiation Therapy Advancements: Fewer Treatments, More Focused

    Virginia L. Clyburn-Ipock, MD
    MRMC Radiation Oncology
    08 NOVEMBER 2017

    Today’s radiation therapy for cancer uses computerized, multiple streams of highly focused beams to improve survival, reduce side effects and reduce the number of treatments needed.

  • Cancer

    Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: 5 Things You Need to Know

    Dominic F. Heffel, MD, FACS
    McLeod Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Florence
    30 OCTOBER 2017

    The rate of breast cancer in women remains steady in the 21st Century, while the mortality trends are decreasing.

  • Cancer

    The Genetic Triggers for Breast Cancer: What You Can Do

    Michael D. Pavy, MD
    McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates
    27 OCTOBER 2017

    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.