Cancer

September 20, 2018

Surviving Childhood Cancer: The Life-Long Journey of Health and Healing

By Julia Killen, Nurse Practitioner Every day, more and more children battle cancer – and beat it. They are survivors, but their journey of health and healing after cancer continues as they are at higher risk of additional health problems later in life. Currently the overall survival rate for pediatric cancer is 80 percent. The […]

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September 20, 2018

Sickle Cell Disease – What it is and the Importance of Treating it Early

By Ben Barbour, Nurse Practitioner Millions of people throughout the world are affected by sickle cell disease (SCD) – a blood cell disease characterized by a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 out of 500 African American births and 1 out of […]

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July 21, 2018

A Small Bump in the Road: Early Detection was Key in Debbie Ellis’ Fight Against Breast Cancer

By Ronnie Musselwhite They’re four words no woman ever wants to hear: You have breast cancer. Unfortunately, doctors utter that phrase more than 330,000 times each year in the United States alone. Debbie Ellis was on the receiving end of that all too-common refrain in June 2012. While reviewing results from her annual mammogram, a […]

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June 1, 2018

Women’s Cancer Q&A – Physical Therapy Benefits

Rebeca Bermudez, physical therapist with HOPE Women’s Cancer Center, answers questions about physical therapy. Q: What issues do physical therapy address? A: There are three primary areas I focus on when assisting women who are being treated for cancer: Pain, fatigue and weakness. Patients who have undergone treatment often have weakness in their arms and […]

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April 10, 2018

Ask the Doc – Pelvic Pain, Cancer Screenings for Women

Ellen Hearty, MD, of Mission Women’s Care, answers questions about cancer screenings for women and pelvic pain. Q: How important are cancer screenings for women? A: Cancer screening is an essential component of preventative health. Starting at age 21, women should see their primary care provider or OB/GYN to start getting Pap smears. The interval […]

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April 10, 2018

A Thank You Note to the Team at Mission Breast Center

When Sharon Boyd sent a hand-written message of appreciation to the team at Mission Breast Center, it warmed their hearts. We are humbled and honored to share Sharon’s note here: I am writing to express my thanks and gratitude to the wonderful staff at Mission Breast Center. Over the past couple months, I had several […]

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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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