Double Punch – Patient Beats Breast Cancer Twice

When breast cancer patients arrive for radiation treatments, they are sometimes filled with fear and sadness, or great hope and faith. Most of them don’t know they have a friend nearby who understands those feelings on a personal level. Wilma Cason, 74, is a department assistant at the Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center, a department of […]

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Man’s 3rd Hernia Repair is Easiest, Thanks to Robotic Assistance

Surgical techniques have improved drastically over the last 60 years, and no one knows that better than Frank Hamner, 76, of Knoxville. Hamner has undergone three different hernia repairs over the years as a result of an inguinal (groin) hernia. This type of hernia occurs when the abdominal wall is weak and begins to separate […]

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On the Road Again

After many miles on the road in his big rig, truck driver Perry Warren had settled into the back of the cab to sleep. His wife had taken the wheel. They were on the interstate near Phoenix, headed for California when Warren’s rest was very suddenly interrupted by piercing pain in his lower left abdomen. […]

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New Procedure Opens Doors – and Arteries to Prevent Stroke

Parwest Health & Lifestyles Diagnosed with carotid artery disease and peripheral artery disease, Pigeon Forge resident Doris Dixon often experienced skyrocketing blood pressure and could feel her heartbeat pounding in her ears. After feeling tightness in her chest, she was referred to Scott Callicutt, MD, a Premier Surgical vascular surgeon at Parkwest Medical Center. Arterial […]

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Mystery Solved -Surgeon Removes Rare Tumor

News from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Seated on a hay bale next to a trailer covered with a checkered cloth, Donna Blake holds several ears of corn. It’s the farm stand where she and her husband sell the fresh produce they’ve grown. Blake is just happy to be able to enjoy farm life again […]

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2 Weeks to Freedom: Breast Conservation & Partial Breast Radiation are Game Changers

From Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Early detection not only saves lives. It can also give a breast cancer patient a shot at a better quality of life. Working together, Parkwest Medical Center and Parkwest Comprehensive Breast Center offer a plan that can dramatically alter a patient’s cancer story. Treatment only takes about two weeks, and […]

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Colon Cancer Survivor Admits: I Dodged a Bullet

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Fort Sanders Regional Patient Promotes Early Detection When it came to health screenings, one word described Karen Russell: vigilant. A stroke survivor who worked at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for years, she was always faithful about scheduling check-ups at her doctor’s office. Except for one. Every year, […]

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Dr. Williams Leads Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery

News From Parkwest Medical Center Bariatric surgery can often benefit morbidly obese people or those with obesity-related illnesses who have been unable to lose weight through other methods. Parkwest Medical Center’s Center for Bariatric Surgery is led by K. Robert Williams, MD, FACS, FASMBS, who is board certified in bariatric surgery with New Life Center […]

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Back on His Feet: Patient Walks with Confidence After Vascular Surgery

News from Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Walking down the street, up the stairs or at home, we tend to take our steps for granted until something stops us in our tracks. Don Proaps, 71, relaxes for a moment in his home in West Knox County, recalling how his steps came to a halt. It started […]

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Knox Woman Grateful for Compassionate Emergency Surgery

From Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Health & Lifestyles Polite and considerate, task oriented and intelligent, Marilyn Roddy of Knoxville has a habit of putting others first. It’s no surprise that she quietly kept going even though she wasn’t feeling well this past March. Through dinner preparations, serving the meal and even as night came […]

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