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Mission Health Highlights

Early Stage Breast Cancer Presents a Choice in Surgery – Mastectomy or Lumpectomy?

By Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS One of the most difficult decisions a woman will make regarding a diagnosis of breast cancer is deciding which type of surgery to pursue. In early stage breast cancer, meaning a relatively small tumor and minimal or no lymph node invol...

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CTE in the News Again – What Is Mission Sports Medicine Doing to Prevent and Treat Concussions?

By Calvin Mabry A recent article published by CNN detailed that 99 percent of studied brains from deceased NFL players were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE. A progressive degenerative brain disease, CTE is characterized by ...

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Personalized Medicine Can Prevent Negative Drug Reactions – So, What Is Personalized Medicine?

By Lynn G. Dressler, DrPH Director of Personalized Medicine, Mission Health Have you ever taken a medication that didn’t work for you or made you feel bad? The reason could be found in your genes. The Personalized Medicine Program at Mission Health uses your geneti...

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Mission Health and Cigna Sign Multi-Year Agreement

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (July 24, 2017) – Mission Health and Cigna have signed a new agreement providing Cigna customers who get health care benefits through their employers with in-network access to Mission Health’s hospitals, outpatient centers and employed physicians ...

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Why Bone and Joint Pain Should Be Taken Seriously for Anyone with Cancer History

By Donald Gajewski, MD Lots of people have achy bones and joint pain, but for people who either have cancer or have been previously treated for cancer, it could be a sign of a very serious condition known as metastatic bone disease. In fact, if you have been treated ...

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Is Aquatic Physical Therapy Right for You? A Quick Guide to the Treatments Available

Aquatic physical therapy has many benefits, and can be useful treatment for many conditions. It works specific muscle groups and joints, and makes movement easier and less painful. Some of the benefits of aquatic physical therapy include: Reducing pain Reducing swe...

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This Week’s Most Popular Posts on the Mission Health Blog

Did you miss any of these articles this week? Summertime scenarios such as avoiding those pesky mosquitoes and staying properly hydrated were among the most-read posts by our readers. Plus, if you or someone you know is considering bariatric surgery, you’ll wan...

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The Real Deal on Generic Drugs – Are Brand-Name Substitutes Safe and Effective?

By Tim Gentilcore, PharmD Director for Mission Health’s Retail Pharmacy Generic drugs are all about saving money. Tim Gentilcore, PharmD, head of Mission Health Pharmacy, answers common questions so you can decide if it’s worth it. Q: What is a generic drug? A: A...

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Summer Events Summary – Health & Wellness Classes, Support Groups and More

By Gabe Bryson Did you know Mission Health is offering more than 30 support groups, classes, programs and other events for you and your loved ones this summer? Best of all, many of them are free. Support groups Being in a community with others through a support group...

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Mosquitoes Are Back, Is Zika a Concern This Summer? An Expert Q&A

By Kendall Stacey RN & Board Certified Infection Prevention Specialist Q: Has there been a resurgence of Zika in the US this summer? A: The US is only seeing travel-related cases at this time. Keep in mind, Zika is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mos...

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August 4, 2017

Class for New Dads – McDowell Hospital

McDowell Hospital will be hosting a free childbirth class for future fathers on Friday, August 4, from 3 – 7 pm. Partici...

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August 7, 2017

Class for New Grandparents – McDowell Hospital

Becoming a grandparent is an exciting milestone, which is why McDowell Hospital is excited to announce it will be offering...

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August 10, 2017

Blood Drive – Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

The Blood Connection of Greenville, South Carolina, is the sole provider of blood to Mission Health, guaranteeing that all...

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Patient Stories

From Cancer Patient to Cancer Center Volunteer – Mark’s Story

By Calvin Mabry Time is often taken for granted. Getting a cancer diagnosis can change that. As M...

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A Shift in Thinking – Sharing Tips for Success after Winning at Weight Loss

By Cheri Hinshelwood A significant turning point in Greg Lisenbee’s lifelong weight-loss battle...

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“They Are the Backbone of the Hospital” – A Family Pays Tribute to Nurses Who Went Above and Beyond

By Nancy Lindell As a parent, one of the worst nightmares is having to take your child to the eme...

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“They Became Our Family” – A Mother’s Story of Extraordinary Nurses in the NICU

By Nancy Lindell Every mom imagines her birth experience, what it will be like, along with the an...

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