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What is SBRT for Lung Cancer?

By Jim McCarty, M.D. and Jack Gleason, M.D., radiation oncologists at Alliance Cancer Care What is SBRT? Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is a technique that precisely targets lung tumors, while at the same time uses very conformal radiation beams to avoid normal tissues. The precision targeting and delivery allow the treatment team to safely…

Simulation for Radiation Therapy

By Ashlyn Seeley Everett, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care What is a “simulation” or “treatment planning session” for radiation treatment? If your doctor has recommended radiation therapy, they will likely schedule an appointment for a simulation, or a treatment planning session. Simulation is the process of positioning your body in a way that…

Profiles in Pink

Alliance Cancer Care and Helen Keller Hospital invite you to the 6th Annual Profiles in Pink event to help raise awareness about breast cancer and celebrate the survivors in our community!

Screening Guidelines for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men.  While the disease is prevalent across the country, the screening guidelines are not.  Prostate cancer screenings have always been somewhat controversial because the tests often alert physicians to the presence of cancer, but there is no precise way to determine, definitively, whether the cancer…

Alliance Cancer Care Welcomes Richard Pearlman, M.D.

Alliance Cancer Care announced that radiation oncologist Richard Pearlman, M.D. has joined their cancer care treatment team. Dr. Pearlman was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.  He attended Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, as an Honors Scholar and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and received his medical doctorate from…

UV Safety Month

July is National Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month.  The purpose of the month is to raise awareness of the dangers of UV radiation and spread the word about how important it is to protect everyone’s skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Ultraviolet radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun…

National Cervical Health Awareness Month

National Cervical Health Awareness Month The American Social Health Association (ASHA) and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition have named January Cervical Health Awareness Month to encourage women across the country to get screened for cervical cancer and receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine if they are eligible.According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), almost 14,000 new…

Coping with Cancer Through the Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coping with Cancer Through the Holidays During the COVID-19 PandemicAs the classic holiday song goes, it is the most wonderful time of the year. But do you know what else the happiest season of all brings? Stress. This year is no exception, especially with the added threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is no secret that…