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    Important Players on the Cancer Care Team

    Last updated 22 hours ago

    A cancer diagnosis can be an unsettling event. After the diagnosis, patients can see how quickly their team of cancer care experts assembles to fight and eliminate the disease. Cancer can be a complex medical condition, which is why it often requires multiple physicians—each with a particular specialty in cancer care. The Cancer Center at Trident Health staffs several cancer experts so that patients can enjoy the most comprehensive treatment available.

    Medical Oncologist

    An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in cancer care. When a person learns that he has cancer, he typically must consult with a medical oncologist. This type of physician can determine how advanced the disease may be. Depending on the staging results, the medical oncologist can also create a cancer care strategy according to the individual health needs of those he treats.


    Cancer refers to the presence of malignant cells in the body. To help patients return to good health, the cancer care team might determine that manually removing malignant cells via surgery is a viable treatment option. In many cases, patients can experience a full and healthy life even if they must have a portion of a diseased organ removed through surgery. Technological advancements, including robotic surgery, can now make the surgical removal of cancer cells easier for smaller and more complex areas.

    Radiation Oncologist

    Radiation is a type of cancer treatment that may be given in conjunction with surgery. If the cancerous growth cannot be removed through surgical methods, radiation may be used instead. A radiation oncologist typically decides how radiation can be administered to eradicate cancer cells from the body. In many cases, radiation therapy can be given on an outpatient basis with few or no noticeable side effects.

    Let Trident Health help you overcome your cancer diagnosis. Our Cancer Center offers capable and compassionate care within the greater Charleston community. For more information on how our cancer care experts can put you back on the path to wellness, call (843) 277-6062.

    Symptoms of Heart Valve Dysfunction

    Last updated 1 day 19 hours ago

    The heart contains four valves that help move blood through the organ’s four chambers. Each valve has flaps that stop blood from flowing back into the previous chamber. If one or more of these flaps do not fully open and close, it can affect overall cardiac function. Because reduced cardiac function can impact the amount of oxygenated blood that flows to the rest of the body, some people with heart valve dysfunction may feel faint or lightheaded. This problem can also affect respiratory function. Some people with this condition might feel discomfort in the chest region or an unusual heartbeat. Any or all of these symptoms may indicate the need for medical attention.

    Do you often feel dizzy or short of breath? If so, you may have a heart valve condition. Call Trident Health in Charleston today at (843) 277-6062 to speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse representatives. Our healthcare experts can help you decide if your concerns might point to a more serious problem.

    Trident Cancer Center Completes $6 Million Expansion

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Mayor Keith Summey, Representative Jenny Horne to highlight opening event 

    N. Charleston, S.C. / September 16, 2014 On Thursday September 18 at 4:30 p.m., Trident Cancer Center will hold a ribbon cutting for its new expansion. Trident Cancer Center staff and physicians, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, Representative Jenny Horne and other local elected officials will be on hand for this momentous occasion.

    The 3,500 square foot expansion includes the addition of the TruBeam Linear Accelerator, which delivers more powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision.  Trident Cancer Center’s TrueBeam is the first in the Charleston area to be equipped with optical intracranial tracking solution software. The TrueBeam imager can produce the three-dimensional images used to fine-tune tumor targeting in 60% less time than compared with previous Varian image-guided technologies.

    The Cancer Center expansion also includes a tranquility garden and water fountain for the enjoyment of patients. The total project cost was $6 million.

    The most significant upgrade of the expansion is the TrueBeam Linear Accelerator, a product of Varian Medical Systems. This state-of-the-art radiotherapy technology aims to destroy cancer with treatments that last just a few minutes a day. Although traditional radiation therapy machines offer quality treatment, TrueBeam technology decreases treatment times to almost half with a more effective and precise treatment delivery method. "We are extremely pleased to offer this ground breaking technology to our patients,” said Ryan Clements, Trident Cancer Center Director.

    The project also included upgrades to treatment planning software and additional aesthetic improvements. “South Carolina residents deserve the very best cancer fighting technology available. Today is a win for the patient in the war against cancer,” said Terence van Arkel, Trident Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer.

    Trident Health is an HCA hospital system comprised of two acute care hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – as well as 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. 

    Cancer and Robotic Surgery

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Much of the time, cancer care involves the surgical removal of malignant cells. However, traditional surgical techniques sometimes require weeks of bed rest and recovery time.

    This video discusses how robotic surgery can provide better cancer care for patients. This mode of treatment, which entails the use of surgeon-controlled robotic instruments, offers enhanced surgical movements and improved recovery times. Because the surgeon can view the surgical site with high-definition images and maneuver compact cutting tools, he can provide more precise treatment. Especially when patients must undergo surgery for complex cancer sites, including the prostate gland, robotic surgery can make it easier to address the problem with fewer postoperative side effects.

    Did you know that Trident Health provides robotic surgery options for eligible candidates? To learn more about this procedure, call our Charleston hospital at (843) 277-6062.

    Common Sports Injuries for Athletes of All Ages

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Even the most physically fit person can experience a sports injury—especially when they excessively train or strain a particular part of the body. An accidental collision with an opponent can also lead to a sports-related injury. To help athletes recover and return to their favorite activities, Trident Health provides sports medicine and rehabilitation services at our Charleston hospital.

    Rotator Cuff Tears

    The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, which requires the help of several muscles and tendons to remain in its proper position. However, if any of these tissues experience trauma, a rotator cuff tear can occur. This type of injury is common among athletes who rely on their shoulders for their sport, including swimmers, pitchers, and weightlifters.

    Tennis Elbow

    As its name indicates, tennis elbow is a condition that both amateur and professional tennis players can experience. This problem can surface when the soft tissues that reside at the elbow suffer excessive strain. But tennis elbow often affects non-athletes as well – caused by repetitive motion while on the job or doing other activities.  The muscles and tendons surrounding the elbow can eventually experience inflammation and tearing. Any person who commonly uses their forearm in their activities can develop tennis elbow.


    Many athletes are susceptible to head injuries. Participants of contact sports such as football and rugby sometimes experience trauma to the head as the result of a tackle or blow. Even solitary or non-contact sports can lead to concussions caused by accidents. For instance, falling from a bike or running into a teammate can also produce concussive symptoms. Though some athletes may downplay the seriousness of a concussion, this type of injury generally requires evaluation by a physician.

    Have you recently suffered a sports injury? Call Trident Health in Charleston at (843) 277-6062 to speak with one of our hospital representatives. Our sports medicine and rehabilitation experts can help you get back on the field or track as quickly as possible.

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