Oncology

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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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 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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July 21, 2017

Why Bone and Joint Pain Should Be Taken Seriously for Anyone with Cancer History

By Donald Gajewski, MD Lots of people have achy bones and joint pain, but for people who either have cancer or have been previously treated for cancer, it could be a sign of a very serious condition known as metastatic bone disease. In fact, if you have been treated for cancer in the past and […]

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April 7, 2017

Radiation for Breast Cancer Treatment – Why Less Is More

By W. Mark McCollough, MD Mission Radiation Oncology Due to a revolution in knowledge of DNA and molecular signatures of tumors, the selective use of cancer treatment such as radiation therapy is evolving toward a trend where less is more. In turn, the “Choosing Wisely” approach used by experts at Mission Health can limit treatment, […]

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August 4, 2016

Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer: Focus on the Factors You Can Control

By Dr. Rachel Raab, Director Mission Breast Program On a daily basis, patients ask me why they developed breast cancer and what they can do, in addition to recommended treatment, to reduce their risk for recurrence. I always see this as a great opportunity to educate and empower women and open a discussion about the importance […]

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June 17, 2016

Mission Breast Program: Why Multi-Disciplinary Care is Best for Managing Cancer

By Dr. Rachel Raab Breast cancer is the second most common malignancy in women behind non-melanomatous skin cancer, affecting 1 in 8 women during their lifetime. The best chance for a cure is early detection. Great strides have been made not only in earlier diagnosis but also in the treatment of individuals with breast cancer. […]

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