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Too Much Mammography? No!!

Posted on in Cancer

An American Response to the Recent Canadian Study

Medically Reviewed by Noel Phipps, MD Florence Radiological Associates 

6 Tips on Preventing Breast Cancer

Posted on in Cancer

Medically reviewed by Rajesh Bajaj, MD

Surviving breast cancer starts with spotting it early by  keeping a close eye out for a new breast lump, pain or swelling in the breast (especially in the nipple) or nipple discharge other than milk. 

Breast Reconstruction After Cancer Surgery Improve Your Body Image and Self-Esteem

Medically reviewed by Donald Heffel, MD McLeod Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medically reviewed by Joseph Pearson, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group


From an interview with Rajesh Bajaj, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

It’s a case of good news, bad news, good news. We are all living longer. That’s good. But because we get to grow older, more of us are experiencing cancer. That’s bad. However, the latest good news is improvements in cancer treatment are continually being unveiled.

Medically reviewed by Noel Phipps, MD Florence Radiological Associates

Dense breasts were once thought to raise the risk of breast cancer so dramatically that nearly half the states have laws (NC has a law; SC is considering one) requiring a woman’s doctor to talk to her about screening in addition to mammograms.

From an interview with Virginia Clyburn-Ipock, MD McLeod Radiation Therapy

Today’s radiation technology can improve cancer treatments and limit side effects.  Radiation Therapist Dr. Virginia Clyburn-Ipock discusses:

Breast Cancer Surgery: What a Woman Needs to Know

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Amana Turbeville, MD McLeod Loris Seacoast Surgery

Where can you find information? Who should be on your “team?” A mastectomy vs. the less invasive lumpectomy? What are lymph nodes and why are they important? 

From an interview with Karim Tazi, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

The connection between smoking and lung cancer has long been confirmed. McLeod Medical Oncologist Dr. Karim Tazi explains the importance of stopping smoking if you want to reduce your risk and the lung cancer risks of your family.

Treating Lung Cancer -- New Advances

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Karim Tazi, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

The treatment of lung cancer has advanced rapidly in the past 10 years. McLeod Medical Oncologist Dr. Karim Tazi discusses the treatment options now available for the patient diagnosed with lung cancer. 

Medically reviewed by Karim Tazi, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

Every cancer patient will spend a great deal of time with their Medical Oncologist. This cancer specialist follows patients from diagnosis through their treatment and coordinates with other specialists who are also treating the patient. One of the McLeod Medical Oncologists, Dr. Karim Tazi, offers a detailed look at this important role and the use of cancer treatments.

Breast Cancer and The Surgeon’s Key Role

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Amanda Turbeville, MD McLeod Loris Seacoast Surgery

When the diagnosis confirms cancer, a team of people goes to work for you …and with you. McLeod Breast Surgeon Dr. Amanda Turbeville explains the process – starting with your mammogram.

Medically reviewed by Tobin Hyman, Chief Medical Physicist McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment & Research

Within a few years of the discovery of X-rays in 1896, cancer patients were being “treated” with radiation therapy. Multiple radiation treatments were often needed, usually combined with surgery.  Side effects included hair loss and damage to tissues and organs near the cancer.

Prevent Colon Cancer: Schedule a Colonoscopy

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Timothy Spurling, MD Florence Gastroenterology Associates

Colon cancer – tumors in the lower part of the large intestine – is only the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. However, it ranks second as the cause for deaths due to cancer.

From an interview with Michael Pavy, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

In the 1970s, research was undertaken on the drug Tamoxifen as a possible way to help prevent breast cancer in women with a high risk. Results of those studies showed that women, who took the anti-estrogen drug for 5 years experienced a 50% reduction in cancers, compared to those who did not get Tamoxifen. High-risk women include those who had a mother or sister with breast cancer.

Medically reviewed by Michael Pavy, MD

It’s not a great statistic: 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer during their lifetime.

From an interview with Virginia Clyburn-Ipock, MD McLeod Radiation Therapy

Don’t avoid seeing your personal physician or having a colonoscopy if you are over age 50, says McLeod Radiation Oncologist Dr. Virginia Clyburn-Ipock.

From an interview with Virginia Clyburn-Ipock, MD McLeod Radiation Therapy

Head and neck cancers are some of the most frequent cancers we treat in this region. Learn the symptoms and how new developments in Radiation Therapy technology improve patient quality of life.

Smokers, Look Out for These Lung Cancer Symptoms

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Virginia Clyburn-Ipock, MD McLeod Radiation Therapy

Recent research has demonstrated that annual low-dose screening CT Scans can save more lives from lung cancer than normal chest X-rays. Learn about these new guidelines and the symptoms – especially if you’re a smoker.

Colonoscopy: Two Days That Can Save Your Life

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Deepak Chowdhary, MD McLeod Gastroenterology Associates

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:

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