Lymphedema Therapy


Lymphedema is the swelling of the arms, legs, chest, or trunk, caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is an important part of both the immune and circulatory systems. Lymph vessels run very close to blood vessels and move fluid from the body through the lymph nodes, then into the blood. … Read more

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a relatively uncommon cancer formed by malignant plasma cells, which affects the immune system. This year, it is estimated that more than 24,000 people will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and more than 11,000 people will die from it. The immune system is made of various types of cells that, together, work … Read more

Healthy Weight Week (Jan 19-25)

January 19-25 marks the 21st annual Healthy Weight Week, a time to celebrate healthy, diet-free living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems. Diets are a temporary fix to a long-term problem and usually, they don’t work. Healthy lifelong habits are what produce weight loss, weight maintenance, and good health. Healthy … Read more

Gallbladder Awareness Month


February is Gallbladder Awareness Month and although gallbladder cancer is uncommon, The American Cancer Society estimates that 10,910 new gallbladder cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2015. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located under the liver that is usually about 3-4 inches long in adults. The gallbladder’s main job is to concentrate and … Read more

Blood diseases & disorders

Blood Cells

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month


April is National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness month, and the perfect opportunity to discuss potential symptoms and share prevention tactics for this type of cancer. Head and neck cancer is actually quite broad when we look specifically at where this type of cancer can occur. It refers to cancer anywhere in the head or … Read more

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 … Read more