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Multiple Myeloma: When Cancer Strikes Your Bone Marrow

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with James C. H. Smith, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

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.

Medically reviewed by Peter Lukowski, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast

Joint replacement surgery is one of the most common and successful procedures known today,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Peter Lukowski, MD. “However, we like to help patients delay surgery if possible. Eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones can help delay surgery, as well as reduce stiffness and pain.” 

Medical reviewed by Anil Om, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates


Debunking 5 Osteoporosis Myths

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Charles Tatum, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

“About half the U.S. women over age 50 have low bone mass that can lead to osteoporosis,” says McLeod Gynecologist Charles Tatum, MD. “Considering how common this bone disease remains, there are still a large number of myths floating around out there about this problem.”

From an interview with Michael Carmichael, MD McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

The ability to operate inside the heart on small valves – tissue flaps that keep blood flowing in the correct direction – is an amazing medical development that returns the quality of life to thousands of patients. 

From an interview with Gary Emerson, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates

That sudden, unexpected urge to urinate – anytime, anywhere – can cripple a woman’s life. Constantly searching for restrooms. Hurrying to get there in time.

Medically reviewed by Joe F. Cauble, MA, ATC McLeod Sports Medicine Athletic Training Coordinator 

“It’s a HUGE positive for a high school player to be a multi-sports athlete. They tend to be more athletic, better leaders and better teammates.” (Major League Baseball manager)

3 Tips on Preventing Colon Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Timothy Spurling, MD Florence Gastroenterology Associates

“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.”

Medically reviewed by Pat Denton, MD Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates

Your doctor lifts your arms up over your head. Then, you are asked to slowly drop your arms down by your side. Both arms slowly move until they are straight out from the shoulder.  As you continue, one arm just falls quickly to your side. 

Medical reviewed by Vaishali Swami, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates 

This may not be news to you, but obesity among women is a major health problem in South Carolina. How much of a problem? 

What’s the Mess with Mesh for Prolapse

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Melissa Brooks, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Dillon

Watch TV much? Then, you’ve probably seen those lawyers' commercials: “Was mesh used on your pelvic organ prolapse surgery? Well you should see a lawyer.…”

Leukemia: When There’s Cancer Flowing in Your Blood

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with James C. H. Smith, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

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: 

8 Benefits from Exercise When You Have Arthritis

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically Reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Florence

For many folks, arthritis equals pain.  And pain leads to limited activity. Years ago, doctors might even suggest that arthritis patients “be sure to rest their joints.”

Preventing Colon Cancer, The SIlent Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Deepak Chowdhary, MD McLeod Gastroenterology Associates

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

Medically reviewed by Michael Hoffman, MD McLeod OB/GYN Cheraw-Bennettsville

The term “PMS” has become a term often used in humor and jokes. Yet, the woman suffering the effects of Premenstrual Syndrome fails to get the joke or see the humor. She’s suffering breast tenderness, acne, bloating, fatigue, headache, aches and pains.

Medically reviewed by Gavin Leask, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Better. But not good enough.

Medically Reviewed by Merritt King, MD McLeod OB/GYN Seacoast

“I think we should do a colposcopy.” (kull-POS-sku-pee) Another medical term. What does it mean? What should I expect?

From an article by Amy Murrell, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group

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. 

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

Sam looked up as his Orthopedic Surgeon entered the exam room. 

Medically reviewed by William Jackson, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Ranging from slightly bothersome to truly troublesome, people suffer a number of unexpected physical symptoms that could actually be warning signs of an approaching heart attack or heart failure.

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