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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Bright Days Ahead: Melanoma Patient Becomes Advocate for Sun Safety

Even though Premier Surgical oncologist Paul Dudrick, MD, isn’t known for being a skilled artist, Robin MacLean carries one of his drawings in her purse. It’s the paper that was spread across the examination table when Dr. Dudrick drew a picture to help her understand the cancer surgery she would undergo at Fort Sanders Regional […]

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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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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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Surgeon and Survivor: Understanding Thyroid Cancers

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Surgical oncologist Troy Kimsey, MD, FACS, of Premier Surgical Fort Sanders Regional, has a special understanding of patients’ thyroid cancer cases.  That’s because Kimsey is himself, a thyroid cancer survivor. “I underwent a total thyroidectomy in December, 2012,” Kimsey says. “The overall prognosis for differentiated thyroid cancer is […]

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Early Detection Is Your Key To Melanoma Survival

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of those cases but causes the most skin cancer deaths. The other two forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma can typically be treated or removed […]

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What You Need to Know After a Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis is always a shocking experience and one that can lead to a bit of an anatomy lesson in order to understand the affected part of the body and its function. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, here are several things you need to know. The prognosis isn’t good, but surgery […]

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What You Need to Know After a Liver Cancer Diagnosis

Liver cancer occurs when the cells of your liver lose control of the way they grow and divide. Often times the first signs of liver cancer are vague symptoms like unexpected weight loss, loss of appetite, and nausea. Many symptoms don’t actually appear until later stages of the disease. In order to establish a liver […]

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What’s the difference between melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer?

With the skin as the largest organ of the body, it is understandable skin cancer is the most common type of human cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be approximately 73,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in 2015 and 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer. In its basic form, […]

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Today’s Big Q: Will My Skin Cancer Treatment Require Surgery?

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of all cancers. Around 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year with melanoma projected to account for 73,000 cases of skin cancer in 2015. Premier Surgical Associates surgical oncologist Dr. Paul S. […]

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