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Grand Strand cancer program in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We are passionate about your health and committed to giving you all the support you need through your fight against cancer. Our experienced physicians and team members help you beat cancer by providing you with advanced, personalized care in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Comprehensive approach to cancer care

Delivering high quality cancer care truly requires a comprehensive team approach. We have a multidisciplinary oncology team of physicians from many specialties including, medical, radiation and surgical oncology, pathology, pulmonology and diagnostic imaging. Our team is dedicated to cancer prevention, early detection, timely diagnosis, optimal treatment, rehabilitation and support. Our cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program and follow the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines.

For more details about our cancer care program, please call (843) 497-8300.

Types of cancer care

Breast cancer

Breast cancer is most often seen in women, but it can also occur in men. Breast cancer can be identified through a lump found in the breast or mammogram screening. For more information, please visit our breast cancer page.

Lung cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death attributed to cancer in the U.S. for both women and men. The disease claims more lives each year than colon, prostate, ovarian, lymph and breast cancers combined.

Diagnosis for a lung nodule or lung cancer can be overwhelming. Our program strives to make the process from diagnosis to treatment efficient and thorough.

A lung cancer patient is comforted by a physician at Grand Strand Health.

Our cardiothoracic nurse navigator assists with helping the patient and family members through the process in the most compassionate manner. Our navigator’s role is to:

  • Provide central access to screening for all patients with suspicion of lung cancer
  • Educate the patient and family
  • Provide support for the patient and family
  • Serve as a liaison between the primary care physician and the specialty team
  • Facilitate timely evaluation, diagnosis and treatment

Low dose CT screening

A simple screening could be the difference between early detection and death. Grand Strand Health provides lung cancer screenings with low dose CT technology at South Strand Medical Center and Carolina Forest Imaging Center. Please talk with your primary care physician to see if you are a candidate for low dose CT screening.

Lung cancer risks

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to industrial chemicals including arsenic, asbestos, beryllium and uranium
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Radiation to the chest
  • Other lung illnesses (emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tuberculosis)

Lung cancer symptoms

  • Frequent coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Wheezing
  • Pain in the chest, shoulder or upper back
  • Coughing up blood
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • General pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling of the face or neck

Prostate cancer

The prostate is a male reproductive gland. It produces a fluid that is typically found in semen. Located below the bladder and in front of the rectum, the prostate surrounds the urethra.

A prostate cancer patient lays in his hospital bed while receiving  compassionate care from his team of nurses and physicians.

Early detection

Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland and may spread to surrounding structures. While most men with prostate cancer have no symptoms, physicians can find prostate cancer during a regular checkup, using a blood test called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and a digital rectal exam (DRE).

Nearly one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. With greater awareness, prostate cancer detection is on the rise and mortality is declining. Moreover, better treatments are allowing more men to return to active and productive lives after treatment.

Treatment options

If you have an early diagnosis of prostate cancer, there is usually a range of treatment options. These may include conservative management, radiation therapy with either external beam or brachytherapy therapy, cryosurgery and prostatectomy. Your treatment options will depend on a number of factors, including the stage of the disease, your age, health or personal preference.

Visit our robotic surgery page for more information about potential prostatectomy options.

Types of cancer treatment

At Grand Strand Health, we make it our mission to find the best treatment options for each individual battling cancer. Our treatment options may include:

Cancer care support services

Patient information

We strive to provide the best patient experience with a spirit of strength, hope and confidence. When arriving for your appointments with your cancer care specialists and team, please remember to bring the following:

  • Insurance cards (if applicable)
  • List of all medications that you are currently taking
  • Any questions or concerns you may have to discuss with your team
  • We encourage you to bring someone with you to help listen to the physician’s comments and responses to your questions

Cancer care navigators

Our cancer care navigators provide personalized patient care by actively guiding you and your family through the process and facilitating timely access to quality medical care. This often starts at diagnosis and continues through all phases of the cancer care experience.

Our navigators are well-trained in oncology services and specialize in various areas of cancer care. They are the point person and provide you with answers to questions that may arise in your day-to-day care.

The goals of patient navigation are to:

  • Help saves lives from cancer
  • Eliminate barriers to care
  • Ensure timely delivery of services

Our Cancer Care Navigators

Christina Howell, BS, RT (R)(M)
Breast Care Navigator
Phone: (843) 692-1972


Melissa K. Turner, BSN, RN
Lung/Thoracic Nurse Navigator
Phone: (843) 692-1564