Cancer

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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June 18, 2020

Healthy Father’s Day

By Robert A. Poarch For most men, visiting a doctor is one of the last things they’ll be thinking about this Father’s Day. It seems that men don’t like to visit their doctors, which is reflected in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that shows that women in all range groups are […]

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April 1, 2020

Cancer Patients and COVID-19 Q&A

By Robert A. Poarch If you’re a cancer patient in this time of social distancing due to COVID-19, you’re probably feeling particularly susceptible and have a lot of questions surrounding your care. Here to help, Albert Quiery, MD, a board-certified physician who serves as the Medical Director of Mission Medical Oncology, talks about how you […]

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January 31, 2020

Get Screened for Cancer Regularly

Taking place every February 4, World Cancer Day empowers individuals and communities to show support, raise awareness and encourage screening to identify cancer when it is most treatable. Cancer symptoms can be easy to overlook. In some cases, the disease will occur with no noticeable signs or ones that develop only in advanced stages. This […]

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January 2, 2020

Rare Disease, Rare Specialist: Peggy Burns Finds Help Close to Home for Her Sarcoma

By Deanna Thompson Peggy Burns had a nagging pain above her right knee that gradually got worse. She saw doctors and tried physical therapy, but nothing brought lasting relief. “It got so bad I could not lift my kids,” the former special education teacher said, referring to her students. “It was hard even to walk […]

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September 30, 2019

Ensuring Our Youngest Cancer Patients Receive State-of-the-art Care Close to Home

By Douglas Scothorn, MD, and Ginna Priola, MD In most people’s lives, September represents the changing of the leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and yellow school buses picking up excited kids returning to school. However, for our families at Mission Children’s Hospital, it’s a month to recognize the courageous battles being fought by their children. September […]

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March 1, 2019

How Child Life Makes the Hospital Experience Better for Pediatric Cancer Patients

For some children, their home away from home is Mission Health’s SECU Cancer Center. They receive world-class, evidence-based cancer treatments while there. But to them, they’re still in a hospital — a place where they get poked and prodded, and where they sometimes have to spend extended periods of time away from their friends, social […]

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November 20, 2018

The HPV Vaccine Helps Prevent Cancer: When Should Your Child Get It?

By Ashley McClary, MD Have you heard? There’s a vaccine that may help prevent cancer for your child! The HPV vaccine has been part of the routine vaccine schedule for the past 12 years and is designed to protect your child from becoming infected with a virus that causes cancer. The HPV, or human papillomavirus, […]

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November 14, 2018

PSA: How to Prevent Prostate Cancer and the Importance of Catching it Early

By John Burns, MD November, also known as MOvember, is the month we recognize men’s health. Does that explain the more than usual amount of “Mos,” or mustaches? Movember started in 2003 as a challenge for a few men to grow out their mustaches in an attempt to bring back a style pioneered by the […]

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November 8, 2018

Knowing Your Genetics Can Help You Understand Your Health

By Suzanna Schott, Genetic Counselor Genetic information can have a powerful influence on your healthcare decisions. There are many new genetic health tools being offered to the public, but not all genetic tests are created equal – and every test has its own limitations. It can be an overwhelming task for patients and their families […]

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