Hollings Headlines // May 2022
Be Skin Cancer Aware
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How a clinical trial gave a patient access to a new treatment years before common usage

Tim Buikema didn't care what the prognosis was – he wasn't going to have surgery on his face. The potentially disfiguring surgery to remove a large melanoma just wasn't worth it to him.

But an immunotherapy trial underway at Hollings offered another way.
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Watch Tim's story

Patient Tim Buikema joins Hollings director Dr. Raymond N. DuBois and oncologist Dr. John Kaczmar on the latest episode of Hollings Cross Talk.
Preventing Skin Cancer
dermatologist Dr. Mazza McCrann stands in front of a photodynamic therapy device
Check out this advice for before, and after, sun damage occurs, including tips on whether photodynamic therapy may be right for you. It’s estimated that 20% of the U.S. population will develop skin cancer at least once in their lifetimes.  
Why Clinical Trials Matter
"Cancer clinical trials can be a game-changer for the way that we take care of patients," says Dr. Craig Lockhart, associate director of clinical sciences at Hollings Cancer Center.

Watch his message below about why he's so passionate about clinical trials.
Cervical cancer patient grateful for her doctors, cutting-edge care she received at Hollings
a woman and a toddler girl sit on a doorstep
Sara Couch was a new mother juggling sleepless nights and a demanding law career. She figured her cramps and low back pain just came with the territory.

When a routine doctor's visit revealed a diagnosis of cervical cancer, Sara wondered whether she would live to see her daughter's first birthday.

A year after that shocking diagnosis, Sara shared her emotional story at the Hollings Cancer Center Linda Floyd Forum on Women's Cancers.
Thank you oncology nurses!
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The top-notch care that our patients receive wouldn't be possible without our nursing team. May is Oncology Nursing Month, and we thank you for your compassion, wisdom, professionalism and your enduring focus on putting patients first!

Pictured are a few of our dedicated oncology nurses. From left: Jessica Fischer, R.N., Jessica Shaw, R.N., clinical staff leader, Chelsea Richardson, R.N., clinical practice nurse expert, Abigail Farrior, R.N., Sarah Verner, R.N., clinical staff leader, Carrie Moore, R.N., nurse manager.
Radiation Oncology Reaccreditation
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The MUSC Health Radiation Oncology program based at Hollings has earned a full three-year reaccreditation. This shows that the team is dedicated to patient safety and quality outcomes, says Dr. Jennifer Harper.

Hollings Cancer Center in the News
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The Guardian

Does turmeric's reputation translate into real health benefits?
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The Post & Courier

New drugs at MUSC help the body battle skin cancer
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The Post & Courier

Grant aims to improve lung cancer screening rates, survival in Black community
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Hollings publications and featured trials
Explore some of our featured trials being offered at Hollings.

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