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Grand Strand Cancer Program in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We are passionate about your health and committed to giving you the support you need through your fight against cancer. Delivering world-class cancer care requires a comprehensive approach. The team at Grand Strand Medical Center strives to meet the need of their patients by providing individualized treatment options for those with cancer.

The cancer care program at Grand Strand Medical Center offers integrated cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for those facing cancer in Horry County and the surrounding areas. Through its services, Grand Strand Medical Center is providing state-of-the-art cancer care close to home for hundreds of thousands of our community members.

During your initial consultation, you will meet with an oncologist to discuss your specific type of cancer and the most effective course of treatment and the results you might expect. Your oncologist will work carefully with your primary doctor and other healthcare providers to oversee your care. At Grand Strand Cancer Care, we use a multi-specialty approach to caring for our patients.

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

Multi-specialty approach

Grand Strand Cancer Care is an oncology team of physicians and other supporting staff from many specialties, dedicated to cancer prevention, early detection, timely diagnosis, optimal treatment, rehabilitation and support.

A group of Grand Strand Health physicians reviews patient cases regularly. The intent of the multidisciplinary cancer conference (MCC) is to prospectively review individual cancer cases and make recommendations based on best practice. During the case review, the patient's history, physical exam, pathology and imaging are reviewed in an evidence-based manner, with the ultimate goal of developing the most appropriate recommendations for treating the patient. The plan of care is reviewed with each patient to ensure the highest level of comfort and understanding in the steps of their journey.

Our cancer care team includes the following specialties: Surgeons, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, Radiology, Physicians, Palliative Care, Clinical Nutrition and Nurse Navigation.

Types of cancer we treat

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.

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. Our Cancer Care team collaborates together 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

Brain cancer

Brain cancer can be classified as primary or secondary tumors. A primary malignant brain tumor is a rare type of brain cancer accounting for only about 1.4% of all new cancer cases in the U.S. More commonly, secondary tumors are those that have metastasized, or spread, to the brain from other parts of the body such as the breast, colon or prostate.

Brain tumors can develop slowly over a long period of time or develop suddenly. When a tumor grows into brain tissue, it causes pressure to increase inside the skull. This pressure can cause symptoms such as:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Balance problems
  • Personality or
    behavior changes
  • Seizures
  • Drowsiness or coma

Every brain tumor is different, and thus, so are the symptoms and treatments. Your comprehensive care team will take into account all of your factors to determine the best treatment plan for you. Standard treatments for adult brain cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy and clinical trials. During the cancer journey, patients will typically see a neuro-oncologist, neurosurgeon, and radiation oncologist as well as a nurse navigator to guide them through their treatment plan.

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.

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. Oncologists can treat cancer with radiation therapy, surgery or medications, including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and biologic therapy, either alone or in combination. At Grand Strand Cancer Care we specialized in delivering the latest treatments in radiation therapy, utilizing cutting-edge treatment to treat a multitude of cancers. Our state of the art technology can treat cancer in a number of ways, all in a comfortable and compassionate setting for the patient.

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