Archive | November 16, 2016

Vote for Your Favorite Christmas Commercial!

christmas-cookies_2As we put the finishing touches on our 10th annual Christmas commercial at Lexington Medical Center, we invite you to take a look back at our previous spots and vote for your favorite. Click on this link to scroll through and view the nine videos below and complete the poll at the bottom of the page.

We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, November 23 before this year’s commercial debuts on Thanksgiving morning. Voting closes at midnight on November 22.

Ring in 2017 in Style At Our New Year’s Eve Gala

Are you looking for a fancy party to attend on New Year’s Eve to ring in 2017 with style? The Lexington Medical Center Foundation and Women of Hope will host the first New Year’s Eve Gala on Saturday, December 31 at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center in downtown Columbia. This premiere, black tie event will give the community an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. And it benefits a great cause. Proceeds will fund the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s “Campaign for Clarity,” which is working toward providing 3-D mammography throughout Lexington Medical Center’s network of care.

The gala kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with guests enjoying a glass of champagne as they enter the party. Guests will enjoy a delicious variety of gourmet food and open bar and specialty drinks. Entertainment will include live music by The O’Kaysions, a local magician and a photo corner boutique. And, guests will have the opportunity to win premiere items such as women’s fine jewelry as well as vacation getaways with luxury accommodations.

galaAt midnight, guests will welcome the new year with a champagne toast and the party will continue until 1:00 a.m. The evening will end with hamburger sliders, French fries and milk shakes.

“We are looking forward to a fantastic evening welcoming 2017 and paving the way for 3-D Mammography to be available throughout Lexington Medical Center’s network of care,” said Amy Lanier, executive director of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. “We are inspired by the generous support to date. Until we can find a cure for breast cancer, we will focus on providing the best technology to the people of our community.”

3-D mammography creates a group of three-dimensional pictures of the breast and allows doctors to view tissue one millimeter at a time, making tiny details visible earlier and easier. Studies have shown that 3-D mammography also reduces false positives and unnecessary callbacks for patients with dense breast tissue.

new-yearLexington Medical Center currently offers 3-D mammography at its Women’s Imaging location on the hospital campus in West Columbia and the Northeast Columbia location of Sandhills Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Part of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, Women of Hope members work together to benefit the health and wellness of women throughout our community. Open to all women in the Midlands, Women of Hope hosts special events and networking opportunities to raise awareness of critical health issues affecting women and their families.

To purchase tickets, please visit This site will then direct guests to the block of rooms available at the Hilton Columbia Center, Hampton Inn – Vista, and Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown. If you have questions, call (803) 791-2540 or email the Foundation at Sponsorship opportunities for businesses, organizations and individuals are also available. All contributions are tax deductible.

Breathe Easy with Advancements in Lung Cancer Screening and Treatment

Each year, more people die from lung cancer than from breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. What makes lung cancer so deadly is that it is usually detected late, when treatments are less likely to help.

“Lung cancer screening helps patients by finding lung cancer early, when treatments are more likely to save their lives,” said Richard W. Monk, MD, medical director at Carolina Pulmonary, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Richard Monk, MD

Richard Monk, MD

There are four main types of lung cancer: adenocarcinoma; squamous cell carcinoma; small cell carcinomas; and large cell carcinomas, which make up about 90 percent of all lung cancers. Other lung cancers are either rare or hard to define because they have mutated too severely; however, screenings can detect all types of lung cancer.

“Screening finds lung cancer earlier, when it’s at a lower stage and more likely treatable. A patient with early stage lung cancer has about a 73 percent chance of living another five years, but a patient with a late stage IV lung cancer has about a 13 percent chance. To put the benefit in perspective, lung cancer screening has the same strength of recommendation as breast cancer screening with mammograms,” said Dr. Monk.

Lung cancer screening is done with a low-dose CT scan of the lungs. In general, people should be screened if they are between the ages of 55 to 80 with at least a 30-pack year history of smoking, and have smoked within the last 15 years. 

“A pack year is one pack of cigarettes daily for a year, so if you smoke one pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years, you have a 30-pack year history of smoking. People should ask their doctor if they think they might qualify for screening.”

girl-with-chest-xrayIn addition to life-saving screenings, advancements in diagnostics, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery have made significant advancements in recent years.

“Once a lung nodule or tumor has been found through a screening, a biopsy usually has to be done to diagnose it. At Carolina Pulmonary, we have all the latest bronchoscopic tools to do that job, including endobronchial ultrasound, radial ultrasound, electronavigational bronchoscopy and cryoprobe.”

In addition to these technologies, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has made surgery for lung cancer safer and recovery time shorter. Stereotactic beam radiation (SBRT) causes fewer side effects from radiation than traditional radiation therapy. And some of the biggest advancements right now are in chemotherapy, with new drugs that target tumors with specific mutations. As an affiliate of Duke Health, Lexington Medical Cancer Center also offers access to cutting-edge clinical trials.

“Patients get some of the best, and quickest, care available right here at Lexington Medical Center,” said Dr. Monk.

Did You Know?
Smoking is the main risk factor for lung cancer, resulting in 85 to 90 percent of lung cancers. Non-smokers can get lung cancer, too.

Additional Risk Factors for Lung Cancer
•Exposure to secondhand smoke
•Contact with radon gas or cancer-causing chemicals, such as asbestos
•Family history of lung cancer