Cancer Specialist

Charleston Oncology

Medical Oncology and Hematology Specialists located in Downtown Charleston, North Charleston, West Ashley & Mt Pleasant, SC

In the United States alone, as many as 1.7 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed yearly, affecting up to 440 out of every 100,000 people. While these numbers should give you pause, the good news is that the medical community is fighting back in significant ways. At Charleston Oncology, the team of hematologists and oncologists offers the latest breakthrough treatments to patients in Downtown Charleston, North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, area, allowing many to join the ranks of cancer survivors. To learn more about cancer, call our office.

Cancer Q & A

What are the most common types of cancer?

It’s hard to go through life without being directly or indirectly affected by cancer. Whether it’s your issue or a loved one’s, cancer has an incredibly widespread impact on the U.S. population.

There are over a hundred different types of cancer, which can strike almost anywhere in the human body. The most common forms of cancer include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colorectal cancers
  • Lymphoma
  • Reproductive cancers in women
  • Leukemia
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Thyroid cancer

This list is only the tip of the iceberg, but it does account for the lion’s share of diagnoses in the United States.

How is cancer diagnosed?

Cancer of all kinds can be tricky to diagnose, which is why you need doctors who specialize in cancer and blood disorders, such as the hematologists and oncologists at Charleston Oncology. This team of highly skilled physicians understands how cancer works and where to look when diagnosing the disease.

Charleston Oncology has the latest diagnostic tools to help them stay one step ahead of the disease, which includes a 16-slice CT scanner, echocardiogram equipment, and a bone density scanner. If you need an MRI, your doctor makes arrangements for you at another facility.

Armed with these tools, in addition to their combined experience and knowledge, the doctors at Charleston Oncology work together to identify your cancer, if, in fact, you have cancer. Together, they leave no stone unturned when it comes to your health.

How is cancer treated?

As of 2016, there were 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States, and this number is expected to rise to 20.3 million by 2026. A large part of the reason for this is the continuing advancements in detection and treatment.

The doctors at Charleston Oncology stay on top of every development and participate in research studies to bring you the latest care, which includes:

  • Infusion treatments
  • Oral pharmaceuticals (they have physician dispensaries at their satellite offices)
  • Bone marrow transplants
  • Immunotherapies
  • Clinical trials

If you’d like to learn more about the cancer care at Charleston Oncology, call to schedule an appointment.