Prostate & Bladder Health

August 1, 2018

Feeling Out of Control of Your Bladder? Don’t Let Urinary Incontinence Slow You Down

By Lee Ann Boyd, Urology Nurse Practitioner Have you ever avoided a social situation, exercise or even just everyday activities because of urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence, or the involuntary loss of urine, can have an impact on a person’s overall well-being. If it keeps you from everyday life or a special occasion – no matter […]

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July 9, 2018

Putting the Patient First – Q&A: The Next Generation of Medical Office Buildings is Here

By Cheri Henshilwood President and CNO at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Rebecca Carter, answers questions about the offerings inside the Mauzy-Phillips Center at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Q. What makes care at the Mauzy-Phillips Center so different? A. All providers work within steps of one another at this center. Patient care collaboration occurs seamlessly in […]

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April 25, 2018

With Testicular Cancer, Early Detection Is Key

By Linda Gale, PA Testicular cancer is a rare diagnosis accounting for only 1 percent of male cancers. It is a younger man’s cancer – the most common type of cancer in men ages 15 to 35. Fortunately, it is a curable cancer with only 5 percent diagnosed with it die from the disease. Early […]

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March 7, 2018

Kidney Stones – How to Prevent a Very Painful Health Problem

By Gregory Carter, MD Kidney stones can be one of the most painful and debilitating conditions people ever have to deal with. Unfortunately, they are fairly common. It is estimated that 10-12 percent of men and 7 percent of women are affected by kidney stone disease. Kidney stones are becoming more and more common in […]

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February 21, 2018

Seeing a Specialist? How to Make the Most of Your Visit

By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA Medical appointments can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when you’re visiting a specialist. These doctor’s visits can present a whirlwind of new information, sometimes complicated by the anxiety and other understandable emotions that go along with concern for your health and well-being. And sometimes, no matter how much time you […]

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February 2, 2018

Urinary Tract Infections in Women – Why They Occur, How to Prevent Them

By Linda Gale, PA McDowell Urology Among the most common conditions we see at our urology practice is urinary tract infection, commonly known as UTI. These infections are (unfortunately) very common in women, and can cause severe discomfort. While UTIs are common, they can also be quite serious if not treated properly. Symptoms UTI symptoms […]

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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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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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October 4, 2017

Prostate Cancer Screening – MRI vs. Biopsy

By Mehul Bhakta, MD Asheville Radiology According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. Although many prostate cancers won’t impact a person’s health during his lifetime even without treatment, some are more aggressive and can lead to serious health issues, and death, if not treated. […]

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