Volunteerism in Oncology

Charles Penley, M.D. TENNESSEE ONCOLOGY Midtown I am proud of my work as an oncologist, and I feel there is no higher calling than assisting the seriously ill. My patients inspire and teach me—it’s an honor to serve them. I also believe we can serve our patients’ needs by working at the societal level, and […]

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Advances In Breast Cancer

Nancy Peacock, M.D. TENNESSEE ONCOLOGY St. Thomas Midtown October is breast cancer awareness month and brings the opportunity to share new and interesting developments in the arena of breast cancer treatment. As you would expect, prevention remains preferable to treatment. Clearly the risk of developing breast cancer is not in one’s control, but, there are […]

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Immunotherapy is Changing the Lives of Melanoma Patients

Kent Shih M.D. TENNESSEE ONCOLOGY St. Thomas West For the last 15 years, I have watched melanoma care and research change dramatically, and immunotherapy has been central to that change. Immunotherapy amplifies the immune system, finding melanoma that hides then stops and kills it. When immunotherapy was introduced over 20 years ago, it did little […]

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Promising New Therapies in Stomach Cancer Treatment

Habib Doss, M.D. TENNESSEE ONCOLOGY Midtown Have you seen a purple ribbon this month? November is National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates 22,220 cases of stomach cancer will be diagnosed, and 10,990 deaths will occur this year. Early detection is the best prevention against the disease. I would also encourage awareness […]

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Lung Cancer Causes More Deaths In The United States Than Any Other Type Of Cancer

David Spigel, M.D. TENNESSEE ONCOLOGY Centennial The American Cancer Society estimates more than 224,000 new cases and 159,000 deaths will occur in the nation this year. Tennessee is in an epicenter of the epidemic. Approximately 6,000 new cases and more than 4,600 deaths will occur in Tennessee this year alone. The state has the highest […]

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