March 14, 2018

“Things Didn’t Seem Right” – A Colonoscopy Saved Lu Anne’s Life

Colin Bird, MD, a surgeon at Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health, and the only board-certified colorectal surgeon in western North Carolina, has seen this time and again, not just in published statistics, but among his own patients. “Colorectal cancer can be preventable,” he said. “The key to it being preventable is early […]

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January 11, 2018

What Is Cyberknife? Dennis of Marshall Shares His Prostate Cancer Treatment Success Story

In August 2017, Dennis Gingras of Marshall became the first patient in western North Carolina to be treated with Mission’s Cyberknife system for prostate cancer. After only five short treatments, his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) returned to normal range. Now, he’s feeling like his old self again. What Is Cyberknife? Cyberknife is a technology that delivers […]

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January 8, 2018

Is Screening for Prostate Cancer Always the Right Decision?

By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA One of my recent blogs discussed the controversy behind prostate cancer screening, and recently I came across a great article that unpacks this discussion and takes it a step further. More healthcare is not necessarily better healthcare, and when it comes to screening for cancer in older patients this […]

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January 5, 2018

Broadcasting Hope – Local Radio Personality Sharon Green Shares her Story of Cervical Cancer Survival

Country music is story driven. That’s one of the reasons fans of the genre love it so much. Story can evoke emotion, create connection and inspire change. But a powerful story doesn’t have to be accompanied by a banjo or fiddle to motivate its listeners. Sometimes, just a single voice carrying out over the airwaves […]

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November 29, 2017

Personalized Medicine Is Changing Lives for Lung Cancer Patients

By Lynn Dressler, DrPH Director, Mission Health Personalized Medicine Program Personalized medicine evaluates the mutations found in an individual cancer patient’s tumor to predict which cancer treatments have the best chance of working for that patient. Testing for a patient’s response to anticancer drugs before they get the drug provides key information to enhance the […]

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November 27, 2017

After Surgery to Remove a Bone Tumor, Brittany Jordan was Able to Return to Her Active Lifestyle

Physical therapy assistant Brittany Jordan lived most of her life with a benign bone tumor in her hip, and never knew it was there. She was aware she had range-of-motion difficulties, but was never sure why. It was when Jordan moved to the Asheville area from her native Florida that she started experiencing additional concerns, […]

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November 27, 2017

Lung Cancer – What You Need to Know in WNC

By Oliver A.R. Binns, MD Lung cancer continues to be the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths in North Carolina with 54.6 deaths per 100,000 population – more deaths than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. A multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach has been shown to improve outcomes and quality of patient experience. At Mission Health, our […]

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November 17, 2017

This Easy, Little-Known Lung Cancer Screening Is Saving Lives – Is It Right for You?

By John F. Ende, MD  Chances are that you have discussed cancer screening with your doctor. Most women over the age of 40 have undergone breast cancer screening with mammography. Most men have discussed the risks and benefits of a PSA blood level looking for prostate cancer with their doctor. Most of us past the […]

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November 13, 2017

Quitting Smoking Requires a Plan – 10 Ways to Get Your Plan Started

By Donna Borowski Tobacco Treatment Specialist There’s a lot of focus on our lungs during the month of November – from lung cancer awareness, to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to the Great American Smokeout on November 16. How do these all fit together? For starters, smoking is at the center of all three. In […]

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November 6, 2017

Prostate Cancer Screening – Addressing the Controversy

By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA We all learned as children that “a stich in time saves nine” and that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So, does the same thing always apply to healthcare? The answer is yes… for the most part. Early detection of disease is the rationale behind […]

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