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    How Our Nurse Navigator Can Help You Face Breast Cancer

    Last updated 6 days ago

    The team at Trident Breast Care Center at Trident Health understands how difficult it can be to face a diagnosis of breast cancer. We offer comprehensive, compassionate care to support you every step of the way. Patients at our cancer center are encouraged to work with our nurse navigator. Our nurse navigator can help guide you through breast cancer treatment by giving you the tools and knowledge you need to make informed decisions. Your nurse navigator is available throughout your course of treatment, providing emotional support and practical guidance.

    When you meet the nurse navigator, you will probably have many questions about your diagnosis and your particular type of breast cancer. She will walk through this information and get you started on how to access the best resources and treatment methods for your type of cancer; counseling options; and follow-up care after chemotherapy and/or radiation, including reconstructive surgery. Nurse navigators work in conjunction with physicians and staff at the Trident Cancer Center to provide a continuum of quality care.

    To learn more about the Trident Cancer Center, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (843) 277-6062.

    Understanding the Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment of Thyroid Cancer

    Last updated 8 days ago

    If you have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, it means that malignant (cancerous) cells have started within the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland, which is located in your lower neck, is responsible for producing some of the hormones your body needs. Although all types of cancer are life-threatening, thyroid cancer is highly treatable. When thyroid cancer is detected at an early stage, patients can often achieve remission with cancer treatment.

    Risk Factors

    It isn’t yet known exactly how thyroid cancer develops. However, researchers have identified a number of factors that may increase a person’s risk of thyroid cancer. Exposure to radiation is one of the potential risk factors. A person might have been exposed to radiation through nuclear fallout or, more likely, through medical treatments that direct radiation to the head, neck, chest, and back. It is also possible for a person to have inherited a condition that increases the risk of thyroid cancer. These genetic syndromes include multiple endocrine neoplasia, familial adenomatous polyposis, and familial medullary thyroid cancer. Additionally, women tend to develop thyroid cancer more often than men.


    Since the thyroid gland is located in the neck, people with thyroid cancer typically experience a lump in the neck, may have problems swallowing, and experience hoarseness. They may also experience stridor, which is an unusual sound that occurs while breathing. If you have any of these symptoms, consider scheduling an exam with your doctor.

    Treatment Options

    Surgery is a common treatment for thyroid cancer. Part or all of the thyroid gland may be removed to eliminate the cancerous cells. Sometimes, the lymph nodes in the neck may also need to be removed. After having the thyroid gland removed, you can expect to take hormone medications. Other cancer treatments include radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

    The Trident Cancer Center is an accredited Comprehensive Cancer Center that provides comprehensive care and clinical excellence in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of thyroid cancer. Our cancer center utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to give patients the best possible outcome. Charleston-area residents can call us at (843) 277-6062 for information about our cancer support services.

    Give Back During Our Christmas Eve Blood Drive

    Last updated 9 days ago

    North Charleston, S.C. / December 16, 2014 – On Wednesday, December, 24, Trident Medical Center and the American Red Cross will be hosting their 7th annual Christmas Eve Blood Drive. The holidays bring families and friends together to share in celebrations and special times of giving. This is another way the Lowcountry community can give to those in need.

    As the only Christmas Eve blood drive in South Carolina, Trident Medical Center encourages eligible donors to give something meaningful this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for hospital patients in need.   

    Trident Medical Center will host the blood drive for the community from 8am – 1pm on December 24 in Café B. Every donor will receive a free long sleeved shirt from the American Red Cross.

    To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-733-2767 or schedule your appointment online: and enter tridentmed as the sponsor. Walk-ins are welcome but donors with appointments will be taken first.

    Trident Health is an HCA hospital system comprised of two acute care hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – as well as two free standing emergency departments- Centre Pointe Emergency and Moncks Corner Medical Center. The Joint Commission recently named Trident Health to their list of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety. In 2013, Trident Health provided almost $50 million in charity and uncompensated care and contributed over $30 million in taxes. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Trident Health is committed to providing quality health services along with wellness information and opportunities to the communities it serves. For more information about Trident Health, please visit our website at or call 843.797.7000. 

    What Is Aphasia?

    Last updated 16 days ago

    If you have recently been the victim of a stroke, you may experience aphasia, which is a type of communication disorder. Although aphasia can interfere significantly with communication abilities, speech therapy can help.


    The symptoms of aphasia can include problems with expressive language skills and receptive language skills. Expressive language skills refer to the ability to express oneself through spoken or written language, whereas receptive language skills refer to comprehension of language. Aphasia can create difficulties with following conversations, understanding the meaning of speech, and reading or writing. An individual with aphasia might be unable to speak in long sentences, use improper grammar, have trouble making sense when talking, and have trouble finding the right word.


    A speech therapist can diagnose an individual with one of several different types of aphasia. Fluent aphasia means that an individual struggles to make sense when speaking and to understand others, although the rate of speech is generally normal. With nonfluent aphasia, an individual typically has trouble finding the right word, speaking, and writing. Anomic aphasia describes the challenges of finding the right nouns, verbs, and other words. The most severe type of aphasia is global aphasia. A person with this type understands very little language and may only be able to speak a few words.


    Generally, the goal of treatment for aphasia is to determine and treat the underlying cause of the disorder. Speech therapy is a highly recommended course of treatment. Speech therapy can help patients recover lost communication skills and use alternative methods of communication.

    The speech therapists at Trident Health work tirelessly with each patient to help him or her recover communication abilities. In our interdisciplinary environment, patients can take advantage of other stroke recovery services, including physical therapy and occupational therapy. For more information about our speech therapy services, stroke center, or cancer center, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (843) 277-6062.

    Exploring the Link Between Obesity and Joint Pain

    Last updated 20 days ago

    As incidences of obesity in the U.S. have climbed to epidemic proportions, orthopedic doctors are seeing more patients who suffer from joint problems such as knee pain. These two trends are closely related. As an individual’s body weight climbs, so too does the stress exerted on the lower joints.

    In fact, as you’ll learn by watching this video, an additional six pounds of weight is placed on the lower joints with every one pound that an individual gains. This doctor explains how losing weight can help reduce knee and hip pain. He also provides some tips for beginning an exercise program and urges overweight or obese individuals to talk to their doctors to gain medical clearance before exercising.

    If your knees or hips have been painful lately, consider taking the free online assessment available from Trident Health. Or, give us a call at (843) 277-6062 to speak with a registered nurse about our orthopedic services, emergency room care, and other healthcare services.

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