• Breast Cancer

    Who gets Breast Cancer? Breast cancer is the most common cancer that women get. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, after lung cancer. It has been estimated that 1 in 9 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer arises in the cells that make up the tissues of the female breast. Several factors can increase…

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  • Lymphoma / myeloma

    What is Lymphoma? Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of lymph nodes and lymph ducts which helps our body fight infections. Lymphoma develops when the lymphocyte cells in the lymphatic system turn cancerous. When this happens, they can invade into organs and choke off the body’s functions. Lymphoma is the fifth most common…

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  • Skin Cancer

    Skin cancers are a common medical problem. They arise in the cells of the skin, which forms the largest organ of the body. Two common forms of skin cancer are squamous and basal cell cancer. Another form is melanoma, which is less common, but is more serious. There are several other types of skin cancer which are rare. The skin…

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  • Lung Cancer

    Lung Cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States in both men and women, and is the number one cancer killer. It is responsible for over 150,000 cancer deaths each year. Lung cancer develops from normal cells that form the lung lining. Like most adult cancers, the chance of getting lung cancer increases with age. The most…

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  • Blood diseases & disorders

    Hematology at SMOC: Get experienced care. Treating blood disorders with expertise and compassion. Blood disorders can be scary. Whether you’ve had a blood disease since birth or you’ve recently been diagnosed with a blood disorder, it can affect all aspects of your life. At SMOC, we know this. We also know that, when you trust us for your hematology care,…

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  • White Blood Cells

    With its many diverse functions, blood can be thought of as a body organ, much in the way we think of the liver or stomach. Blood is a complex mixture of cells and chemicals, and performs dozens of functions which keep our metabolism in balance. Three types of blood cells are red cells, which transport oxygen and carbon dioxide, platelets,…

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  • Sickle Cell Anemia

    Sickle cell anemia is the most common genetic disease in the African-American community about 2 in 1000 babies will inherit the disease from their parents. Sickle cell anemia also occurs in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, India, and the Far East, although much less commonly. Beginning in childhood, sickle cell patients get episodes of bony pain caused by blood sickling…

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  • Polycythemia

    Polycythemia is a Common Blood Problem Polycythemia is a disorder of excess red cells in blood. It is the opposite of anemia, which is a red cell deficit. A simple blood test called a hemogram will determine if red cells are in excess or deficient. Symptoms of excess red cells, or polycythemia, include tingling of the hands and feet, headaches,…

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