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Independent Cancer Providers Oct 16th, 2019

Why Choose Independent Cancer Providers Having cancer can be expensive. The patient’s financial stressors may thwart their ability to concentrate on staying well and fulfilling the best course of treatment plans. Choosing an independent oncology and hematology practice alleviates some of those concerns. A recent study conducted by Xcenda and...

What are Biosimilars? Jul 29th, 2019

Many of you have seen in the news recently about "new biosimilars" that are coming out, but what exactly is a biosimilar? Will it affect your treatment? Does it have the same side effects? Are they the same as generic drugs? Here is the answers to all your questions. A...

July is UV Safety Month Jul 18th, 2019

July is UV Safety Month! What is UV radiation? Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun and man-made sources like tanning beds and welding torches. UV radiation is divided into 3 main groups: UVA rays have the least energy among UV rays. These rays...

Sarcoma Cancer Jul 2nd, 2019

July is Sarcoma Cancer Awareness Month.  Sarcoma affects more than 50,000 Americans and the families and friends who are by their side. It can touch lives no matter what age and at any location on the body. Sarcoma is a rare but deadly form of cancer affecting connective tissues such as...

Pet Therapy During your Cancer Journey Jun 11th, 2019

Pet Therapy or Animal Assisted Therapy is becoming more popular for patients undergoing treatement. The most common type of therapy animal is a dog, but otehrs have used cats, farm animals, and even dolphins.  There are many benefits from using pet therapy such as: A decreased need for pain medications...

How to be a Great Friend to someone with Cancer May 13th, 2019

Friends of people with cancer often don't know what to do, but want to help in some way. Studies have shown that emotional support is one of the best things you can give to a Friend during their cancer journey.  As you spend time with your friend and learn more...

Protect the Skin You're In Apr 25th, 2019

More than 1 Million Americans are living with Melanoma. Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color. Most Skin Cancers can be PREVENTED! We are here when you need us, but below are some tips and tricks to help you avoid having to come in! Top Ten Tips for...

Ways to combat large crowds while on chemotherapy Mar 8th, 2019

Avoiding people is nearly impossible while on chemotherapy, but there are ways to help prevent infections and keep yourself healthy during your treatment. Here are some tips: Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Be sure to wash your hands before eating and before touching your face or...

Sewe in Charleston Feb 7th, 2019

Looking for an excuse to get some Fresh Air and combat your Fatigue? This month in Charleston is the Annual Southeastern Wildlife Expo. It is from February 15th- February 17th in different areas of Charleston. SEWE is a three-day showcase of everything we love about wildlife and nature. It brings together...

10 Winter Exercises Jan 21st, 2019

During the Winter is it hard to get outdoors and stay active. Here are some suggestions of things to do indoors to get up and get moving! 1. Jump Rope If you want a good cardio workout in a matter of minutes, try a jump rope. 2. Stair SteppingStair stepping...

How to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder Dec 7th, 2018

What is SAD? If shorter days and shifts in weather zap your energy and make you feel blue, you’ve got classic symptoms of a seasonal mood disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of seasonal depression triggered by the change in seasons that occurs primarily in winter. Sometimes we...

Lung Cancer Awareness Nov 12th, 2018

November is full of oncology awareness, with one of the most popular being Lung Cancer. It is the leading cancer killer in both Men and Women, which is around 25% of all cancer deaths. Here are some quick facts about Lung Cancer: Approximately 541,000 Americans living today have been diagnosed  with lung...

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Oct 29th, 2018

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some Facts about Pancreatic Cancer from the Pancreatic Action Network. Facts:  The disease is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related deaths inthe United States.1 Around 2020, estimates show that pancreatic cancer will rise tothe 2nd leading cause of cancer-related deaths.2 In 2018,...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Oct 8th, 2018

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Wrold Health Organization it is the most common cancer among Women Wordlwide.Here are some facts about Breast Cancer in the US:One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed...

What Is Neuropathy? Sep 21st, 2018

What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. This is a common side effect with several chemotherapys, but not all. The pain can be tinlging, burning, or stabbing sensation. It is very important...

The Importance Of Cancer Screenings Aug 28th, 2018

What is a Cancer Screening?A Cancer screening helps look for cancer before you may have any symptoms. There are several different types of screenings for many diagnoses. Sometimes screenings can come with risks including false positives or false negatives. Soemtimes screenings can find Cancer at the beginning Stage as well...

Advance Directives Aug 14th, 2018

Advance DirectivesWhat is an Advance Directive?You have the right to accept or decline health care. An advance directive is a legal statement. It states your wishes for health care in the event you couldn't make your wishes known. It also can name a person whom you'd want to make decisions...

What are “Monoclonal Antibodies” ? Jul 27th, 2018

What are “Monoclonal Antibodies”?You may have heard this term Monoclonal Antibody before from your physician or during education. These drugs are cancer treatments that enlist natural immune system functions to fight cancer. They may be used in combination with other cancer treatments. You immune system is there to fight and...

Dealing with Diarrhea Jul 13th, 2018

Dealing with DiarrheaDiarrhea is a very common side effect when taking chemotherapy. Here are some suggestions on how to combat it!Immodium- AD:First Dose:Take 2 caplets (4mg) of Imodium A-D (loperamide HCL)During the Day:Take 1 caplet every 2 hoursDuring the Night:Take 2 caplets at bedtime and 2 caplets every 4 hours...

Cancer and Nutrition Jul 13th, 2018

Cancer and NutritionThings you can do to minimize cancer and chemo-induced lack of appetite:Food Preparation:Try to eat small meals or snacks every two to three hours, instead of three large meals a day.Foods that are high in protein or calories are good snacks to have handy. Examples include milk shakes,...

Local Support Groups Jun 16th, 2018

Local Support GroupsThere are several options for support groups in the Charleston area. If you ever need additional help please contact Ashley Johnson, Patient Wellness Navigator at 843-577-6957 ext 216 for more information. Below is a list of the popular ones around the area:Caregivers Support GroupDate: The third Tuesday of...

National Cancer Survivors Month Jun 2nd, 2018

National Cancer Survivors MonthJune is National Cancer Survivors Month!Specifically Sunday June 3rd is National Cancer Survivors Day!! National Cancer Survivors Day is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community.Take pictures of you...

CHOA Updates May 19th, 2018

CHOA UpdatesCHOA UPDATES!Right Now we have some exciting job opportunities open at CHOA!! Click on the link below to find out more about them for you or a friend.https://www.indeedjobs.com/charleston-hematology-oncology-associates/_hl/en_USAlso for any future updates we also have:A Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CHOASC/A Twitter page: @CHOASC1Please check those often for job opportunities, oncology news, and...

Mosquitoes May 5th, 2018

MosquitoesMosquitoes can be quite the pest while trying to enjoy some nice weather or a cookout on the back porch. Here are 10 Tips to keep you Mosquito Free this Summer!1. Pick the right repellentA topical insect repellent, especially one that contains diethyltoluamide (DEET) or picaridin or oil of lemon...

Summer Is Coming Apr 21st, 2018

Summer Is ComingThe weather is heating up here in Charleston and as you know some precautions should be made if you are undergoing Chemotherapy. Patients undergoing treatment are more susceptible to heat related problems than the average person. Make every effort to stay cool, and understand that the combination of sunlight,...

April Cancer Awareness Apr 7th, 2018

April Cancer AwarenessApril has several diagnoses for its awareness month. We have Oral, Head and Neck, Esophageal, and Testicular Cancer. Here are some facts on all 3 to be aware of!Oral, Head, and Neck CancerCancer Facts –Oral cavity (includes the lips, tongue and the inside of your mouth).Pharynx (the hollow tube...

Managing Stress Mar 23rd, 2018

Managing StressGetting Diagnosed or going through your cancer Journey can be stressful. Here are a few tips from ASCO on Cancer.net on ways to cope with and reduce stress.Tips for reducing stress“Stressors” are sources of stress. Some stressors are predictable and, therefore, sometimes avoidable. You can often lower the amount of stress...

Colon Cancer Awareness Mar 10th, 2018

Colon Cancer AwarenessMarch is Colon Cancer Awareness Month! If you or a Loved one has recently been diagnosed, please call us here at CHOA to schedule an appointment. 843-577-6957.There is also a free screening at Roper St. Francis this month if you are interested.Through the Hank and Laurel Greer Colorectal Cancer Program they...

Allergy Season is coming Feb 20th, 2018

Allergy Season is comingAllergy Season is coming up right in the middle of Flu season. Here are some tips from EverdayHealth.com on surviving this Allergy Season.Determine if it’s really allergies. The sudden swing from cool to warm weather can make it hard to tell an allergic reaction from a cold or virus,...

Flu Prevention Feb 3rd, 2018

Flu PreventionFlu Season is in Full Force. Below are a few tips from the CDC to help us during these Vulnerable months! See us here at CHOAif you still need to get your flu shot.

7 Worthy Warriors Nov 23rd, 2017

7 Worthy WarriorsCharleston Hematology Oncology Associates is sponsoring 7 Worthy Warriors again this Holiday Season.We have selected 7 VERY deserving cancer patients & their families, to help with their Christmas this year. For some, this will be their last Christmas. A few patients are very young with small children.100% of the...

November- National Caregiver Month Nov 8th, 2017

November- National Caregiver MonthNovember is National Caregiver Month!It is a time when we can recognize our caregivers and family members that go above and beyond for our Patients here at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates.Celebrating Family Caregivers during NFC month enables all of us to:Raise awareness of family caregiver issuesCelebrate the efforts...

Liver Cancer Awareness Oct 25th, 2017

Liver Cancer AwarenessOctober is also Liver Cancer Awareness!The American Cancer Society’s estimates for primary liver cancer and intrahepatic bile duct cancer in the United States for 2017 are:About 40,710 new cases (29,200 in men and 11,510 in women) will be diagnosedAbout 28,920 people (19,610 men and 9,310 women) will die of these cancersLiver...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Oct 8th, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here are some common terms used with regards to the diagnosis is breast cancer.Benign: When something is not cancer.BRCA-1 and BRCA-2: These two types of breast cancer susceptibility genes usually “help protect you from getting cancer,” the Centers for Disease Control...

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Sep 2nd, 2017

Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthSeptember is Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthProstate cancer can often be found early by testing for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in a man’s blood. Another way to find prostate cancer early is the digital rectal exam (DRE), in which the doctor puts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to feel the prostate...

Mindfulness Aug 16th, 2017

MindfulnessMindfulness is the opposite of “mind fullness.” It’s the ability to focus on exactly what is happening at the moment. Having cancer is STRESSFUL!! Empower yourself – take an active role in improving your health and well-being by have mindfulness and your cancer journey.Here are 10 different things to help you...

Cancer Super Foods Aug 9th, 2017

Cancer Super FoodsCancer Super foodsSuper foods are foods that have high nutritional values. These super foods can help you stay nourished during treatment!YogurtScientists have found that the active culture of bacteria in yogurt, which is called Lactobacillus, actually helps to fortify the immune system. Studies have shown that the use...

Fatigue Jul 19th, 2017

FatigueCancer FatigueWhat is Cancer Related Fatigue?Cancer related fatigue (CRF- sometimes simply called “cancer fatigue”) is one of the most common side effects of cancers and its treatment. It is often described as “paralyzing.” Usually, it comes on suddenly, does not result from activity or exertion, and is not relieved by...

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month Jul 4th, 2017

July is Bladder Cancer awareness month!Bladder cancer can often be found early because it causes blood in your urine and other urinary symptoms. Bladder cancer begins when cells in the urinary bladder start to grow uncontrollably. As more cancer cells develop, they can form a tumor and spread to other...

Battling the Suns Harmful Rays Jun 23rd, 2017

Summer is a time when everyone wants to be outside enjoying the sunshine, the beach, the pool, or any outdoor activity. While undergoing chemotherapy there are a few precautions you should take to keep safe and healthy from the sun’s harmful rays.Here are some helpful tips to get you through...

Summer Eats: Mustard Chicken and Summer Vegetables Jun 9th, 2017

Summer Eats: Mustard Chicken and Summer VegetablesEating Healthy is a big part of your Cancer Journey here at CHOA. You will feel better, You will have more energy, and your body will be getting the fuel it needs to heal.Below is great Recipe to try this Summer! Enjoy!Mustard Chicken and Summer...

Dragon Boat and Move It May 27th, 2017

Dragon Boat and Move ItRecently Team CHOA competed in the Dragon Boat Races here in Charleston.Dragon Boat Charleston’s mission is Promoting Physical & Mental Wellness among Cancer Survivors and their Community through Dragon Boating. Their Goal is to redefine Cancer Survivorship. Mental and physical wellness is a big part of...

May is Brain Cancer and Skin Cancer Awareness Month May 12th, 2017

May is Brain Cancer and Skin Cancer Awareness MonthBrain Cancer:Primary brain tumors can be either malignant (contain cancer cells) or benign (do not contain cancer cells). A primary brain tumor is a tumor which begins in the brain. If a cancerous tumor which starts elsewhere in the body sends cells...

Why Exercise? Apr 13th, 2017

Why Exercise?Why Exercise?Several studies have proven that exercising while going through treatment can increase survival rate and decrease fatigue. It can improve prognosis and quality of life. However, it is important to discuss all physical activity and exercise plans with your physician before starting anything.• 30min of exercise 5 days...

Neutropenic Precautions Mar 28th, 2017

Neutropenic PrecautionsHand Washing– The number one way to prevent illness. This not only includes the patient, but those in contact with the patient. Soap and warm water is best but hand sanitizer may be used as well.Avoid Crowds – ex: Going to the mall, grocery store, church, or riding the bus. If someone must go...

Dignicap is here at CHOA Mar 8th, 2017

Dignicap is here at CHOAHere at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates we have the new DIGNICAP technology that allows patients to keep their hair during treatment. It is currently only FDA approved for Women with Breast Cancer. We are 1 of 10 practices around the country with this machine.The machine works by cooling the...

What is Chemo Brain? Mar 8th, 2017

What is Chemo Brain?Here are just a few examples of what patients call chemo brain:Forgetting things that they usually have no trouble recalling (memory lapses).Trouble concentrating (“spacing out”)Trouble remembering details like names, dates and sometimes larger eventsTrouble multi-tasking, like answering the phone while cooking, without loosing track of one task....

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month Mar 8th, 2017

March is Colon Cancer Awareness MonthScreening is the first step to catching Colon Cancer early. See below on how you can get a free screening this month.Provided by the Hank and Laurel Greer Colorectal Cancer ProgramThrough the Hank and Laurel Greer Colorectal Cancer Program we are offering freedigital rectal exams...

How to Combat Chemotherapy Induced Diarrhea/Constipation Jan 11th, 2017

How to Combat Chemotherapy Induced Diarrhea/ConstipationDiarrhea and Constipation are both common side effects of chemotherapy. Below are some tips to try to help combat each of these symptoms. You can also find this information online through the American Cancer Society or stop by our office and pick up a nutrition...

Cold Cap FAQs Dec 10th, 2016

Cold Cap FAQsAnswers to Frequently asked Questions regarding the day of chemotherapy:Dress comfortably and bring warm clothes for layering combien coute le viagra au quebec.Eat your regular meal before arriving.Take your regular medications as usual (unless you are specifically told otherwise).If you have a port, please wear a shirt that makes...

Immunotherapy Nov 30th, 2016

ImmunotherapyImmunotherapy is becoming a larger part of the cancer community every day. Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment designed to boost the body’s natural defenses to fight the cancer. The body’s immune system will produce antibodies to fight off the cancer cells. Here at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates, we...

Charleston Hematology Oncology Clinical Trials Nov 10th, 2016

Charleston Hematology Oncology Clinical TrialsHere at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates, we offer a variety of Clinical Trials. This is an opportunity to be a part of research on an investigational drug that may not be FDA approved yet acheter viagra pharmacie. These trials can possibly help you now and help other patients...

Fight Chemotherapy Induced Fatigue with Exercise Oct 28th, 2016

Fight Chemotherapy Induced Fatigue with Exercise!Exercising to fight fatigue may sound counterintuitive, but exercise can improve quality of life, assist with energy balance, and improve psychological well-being. Exercise increases endorphins in your brain which in turn allow you to mentally feel better online viagra. Exercise helps you to gain more energy...

Welcome to CHOA Oct 11th, 2016

Welcome to Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates!We are located in West Ashley in the Roper St. Francis Cancer Center on the 2nd Floor. We are a private practice of physicians specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of Oncology and Hematology. Services and treatments include Medical Oncology, Hematology, Dignicap, Bone Densitometry, Diagnostic Testing...