Cancer

October 21, 2020

Don’t Skip That Mammogram: Transylvania Regional Hospital Offers the Best in Breast Imaging Technology and Services

By Michele Pilon, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and those of us in healthcare are devoted to educating, screening and treating women for breast cancer in addition to raising awareness. I’m proud of the technology we have at our disposal at Transylvania Regional Hospital (TRH) to screen women for breast cancer, […]

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October 21, 2020

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Offers Opportunity to Celebrate Advances in Treatment and Look Ahead to Enhanced Screening Options Coming to Highlands-Cashiers Hospital

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important to focus on prevention and treatment of this disease that, sadly, still affects one in every eight women. The news surrounding breast cancer is promising however, as compared to the grim statistics of decades ago. I will remind everyone that […]

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October 21, 2020

1 in 8: What You Need to Know and Do to Protect Yourself from Breast Cancer

By Tonia W. Hale, DNP, MAOM, BSN, RN Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, everyone at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital (BRRH) is especially focused on breast health and raising awareness about breast cancer and prevention. I also urge community members to take advantage of the advanced screening technology we have here at BRRH, and […]

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October 21, 2020

Angel Medical Center’s Breast Services Combine the Latest Technology with Superior Patient Care

By Karen S. Gorby, RN, MSN, MBA, CENP, FACHE October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women will receive this diagnosis at some point during their lives, but fortunately, deaths due to breast cancer are going down. The decrease is in large part due to constantly evolving advanced imaging technology. When you come […]

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October 20, 2020

Should Your Mammogram Be 2D or 3D?

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC “We found 1,241 breast cancers across the Mission Health system in 2019. That is a lot of lives and families touched.” Annual screening mammograms remain a woman’s first defense in early recognition of breast cancer. Advances in detection of breast cancer now provide women with options that tailor screenings adapted […]

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October 15, 2020

The Importance of Mammograms: One Woman’s Story

By Jennifer Bringle Lori Smith never thought she’d be the one receiving bad news after a mammogram. After years of helping area women get screening mammograms through her job as regional radiology manager for Angel Medical Center and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, she knew there was always a chance an exam might reveal an abnormality. But Smith […]

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September 3, 2020

The Importance of Colon Cancer Screenings for Younger People

By Jennifer Bringle When actor Chadwick Boseman passed away after a private years-long battle with colon cancer, people were understandably shocked. The “Black Panther” star was only 43 years old, well under the typical age that patients develop the disease. But according to Melissa Zoumberos, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon at Mission Surgery, more […]

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August 27, 2020

Breast MRI during COVID-19

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC When a woman hears “You may have breast cancer,” she may experience every emotion from disbelief to panic. If a mammogram or ultrasound have not given enough detail, fortunately, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive procedure that can be ordered instead of biopsy or surgery. Follow-up Care Mission […]

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July 24, 2020

Bad Blood: Anemia Symptoms, Solutions and a New Treatment Center

By Carolyn Comeau The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes an anemic performance as “lacking force, vitality or spirit,” but the origins of this usage are definitely rooted in the medical condition of anemia. “The sole purpose of red blood cells,” explained Albert Quiery, MD, hematologist and Medical Director at Mission Medical Oncology, “is to carry oxygen from […]

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July 13, 2020

5 Reasons Not to Put Off a Low-dose Lung Screening

By Jennifer Bringle With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people to change routines and stick closer to home, some may think it’s okay to skip preventative healthcare appointments. But when it comes to regular lung screenings, there’s nothing routine about a scan that can save your life. For those ages 55-80 who have a history of […]

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