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Heart Sparing Radiation Techniques: A Comparison of Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) and Prone

 

By Richard Pearlman, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care Historically, two primary OARs, or organs at risk, have been identified in the treatment of breast cancer, which are the lung and the heart.  Of these two organs, the heart is given higher priority for sparing.  In 2013, Darby et al. published a landmark study […]

 

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Prostate Cancer

 

By Hoyt A. “Tres” Childs, III, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care What is prostate cancer? Prostate cancer is a malignancy arising from the glands within the prostate itself.  The formal name is usually an adenocarcinoma.  There are others sometimes, but they are much rarer. What are the risk factors for prostate cancer? The […]

 

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Let’s Pack the Pantry!

 

The Dr. Jeanne Shepherd Fund provides resources for patients receiving radiation treatment at Alliance Cancer Care.  We keep a pantry with food and personal care items to help patients in need, and it is time to restock.  Here is your opportunity to help! Between October 10-25, bring in nonperishable food and/or personal care items our […]

 

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Human Resource Professional Day

 

At Alliance Cancer Care, we L-O-V-E coming to work, and for that, we have to thank our exceptional team of leaders in Human Resources. First, we want to thank our Chief People Officer (CPO), Dr. Harry James McCarty III, for his leadership and care for each individual team member at Alliance Cancer Care.  His vision […]

 

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Endometrial Cancer

 

By Ashlyn Seeley Everett, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care, and Gabrielle Hawkins, M.D., obstetrician-gynecologist at Tennessee Valley Gynecologic Oncology What is endometrial cancer? Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer in women.  The endometrium is the layer of tissue lining the uterus, which is the organ where women carry babies.  The endometrium […]

 

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Site Spotlight: Crestwood Medical Pavilion

 

What do patients say about treatment at Crestwood? – “The absolute best care during treatments.  The nicest doctors, nurses, and therapists you could possibly hope to meet.” – “Kind, understanding, empathetic, smart, knowledgeable.  Highly recommend.” – “All the radiation staff were incredibly kind, uplifting, and flexible when needing to alter an appointment.” – “Great people […]

 

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Androgen Deprivation Therapy: What Is It and When Is It Used?

 

By Harry James “Jim” McCarty, III, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care What is Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT)?  Well, first things first, androgens are a class of steroid hormones the body makes naturally.  Androgens are made by the testicles or the ovaries, as well as the adrenal glands – so both males and females […]

 

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Should I Be Screened for Prostate Cancer?

 

By Richard Pearlman, M.D., radiation oncologist at Alliance Cancer Care September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, and it accounts for the second highest number of deaths from cancer in men.  According to the CDC, 31,636 men died of prostate cancer in the United States […]

 

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What is ExacTrac and why does it matter for my SRS treatment?

 

By Vince Ulizio, Medical Physicist at Alliance Cancer Care For high-dose radiation treatments called stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), one extremely important aspect of treatment is positional accuracy.  To safely deliver high-dose treatment, you must be in the exact position intended to hit the tumor and avoid normal tissues.  Our Alliance Cancer Care physicists and therapists run […]

 

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Site Spotlight: Clearview Cancer Institute

 

What do patients say about treatment at Alliance Cancer Center at CCI? – “This is truly the best medical care experience I have ever had, completely exceeding expectations.” – “All of the staff have been very supportive and compassionate.” – “The staff is incredible.  They are always friendly and keep you in an upbeat mood.” […]

 

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