Is Breast Cancer Genetic Testing Right for You?

From Tennova Healthcare October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Tennova Healthcare is using the occasion to call attention to the role of genetic testing in the fight against the disease. Genetic testing has quickly become a more mainstream practice—both for human interest about one’s ancestry, and for the purpose of understanding how that […]

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A New Perspective

News From fort Sanders Regional Medical Center On any given day, you’ll find cancer patients and survivors who have found hope and help at Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center. One such woman is there every day the doors are open. “There’s so much good here, so much healing and loving,” Sue Miller says, “and I found […]

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Early Detection Crucial For Breast Cancer Survival

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. It’s an alarming statistic, but a more encouraging statistic is that when breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is nearly 100%. Adult women of all ages are […]

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Breast Cancer Survivor has ‘A lot of living to do’

From Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Sara Forrester, 74, of Knoxville, is faithful about getting yearly mammograms. At five feet tall, the sprightly grandmother takes care of her health by walking regularly, and says she usually hits 10,000 steps on her pedometer every day. “I always get a screening every year. I try to go during […]

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Advances Made in Battle Against Breast Cancer

By Surgical Oncologist Troy Kimsey, MD, FACS I became a surgical oncologist — a surgeon who specializes in working with cancer patients — because I felt the Lord leading me to serve patients who are facing the trials of a cancer diagnosis. I have been privileged to offer my surgical skills and medical support to […]

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Unrelated Health Concern Leads to Thyroid Cancer Discovery for West Knox Woman

News from Parkwest Health & Lifestyles A diagnosis of thyroid cancer carries with it both good news and bad news. “When it’s detected, the success rates of surgical and medical treatment are very high,” says Parkwest general surgeon Will Gibson, MD of Premier Surgical Associates. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s […]

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3 Steps To Prevent Limb Loss

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 500 Americans lose a limb each day. While trauma or cancer are sometimes the cause of limb loss, most patients at the Premier Surgical Limb Preservation Center in Knoxville are typically at risk of losing a limb due to chronic health issues such as […]

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What is Laparoscopic Surgery, and Why Do You Want It?

Laparoscopic surgery, sometimes called “keyhole” surgery or band-aid surgery, is a minimally invasive procedure using small incisions of around 0.5 to 1.5 cm. A laparoscope, which is a small tube with a camera at the tip, is passed through the incision to the surgical site and relays images from inside the body to a monitor.  […]

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Busting the Myths of Skin Cancer

Many people are surprised to learn that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., topping even breast and lung cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 20% of Americans will be affected by a form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Even so, the myths about skin cancer are widespread, […]

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Premier’s PA’s Play Key Role For Patients & Their Caregivers

  At Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville, the Physician’s Assistants play such a key role in the compassionate care of our patients that “PA” could also stand for Patient Advocate. Casey Johnson, a certified PA who works with the eight Premier Surgical Associates physicians at Parkwest, agrees. “PA’s are often the first to meet with […]

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