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The Doctor is In: Understanding and Treating Cancer

Dr. Chelsea Stillwell, oncologist with Lexington Oncology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, spoke in an interview on WLTX this week on treating cancer. Listen to what she said about understanding the risk factors and symptoms, along with her philosophy on patient care.

LMC Oncology Nurse Navigator Earns Prestigious National Award

Libby Daniels, RN, OCN, at Lexington Medical Center, second from the right.

Libby Daniels, RN, OCN, at Lexington Medical Center, second from the right.

ONE Award nominees are recommended by their peers for displaying leadership and compassion, and for their commitment to evidence-based practices. There were four finalists; the final vote of 2,350 determined the winner. AONN+ presented the award in front of 650 navigators at its 4th annual conference in Memphis, Tenn.

Daniels made a lasting impression on the colleague who nominated her. “Libby’s exceptional knowledge and patient skills became even more evident to me when the oncology experience became personal after my grandfather was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer,” the colleague shared. “Libby heard about my grandfather’s diagnosis, and even though he was not one of her patients, she immediately offered her assistance. Libby has been there for my whole family around the clock to offer information, guidance or a listening ear—clearly demonstrating that being an oncology nurse navigator is a way of life to her and not just a job. Some might say that oncology nursing is her ‘calling,’ and I would certainly agree.”

Daniels has been a nurse for more than 25 years. She began her career in health care as a pharmacy technician at a local drugstore. When the pharmacist became sick, Daniels would take care of him during and after her shifts. She realized how much she enjoyed caring for her first “patient” and decided to go into nursing. Daniels enrolled in nursing school and, as she says, “It was just the right fit.”

Today, Daniels is a general cancer nurse navigator. She helps newly diagnosed cancer patients on their journey through the treatment process by acting as their advocate, helping them schedule appointments and coordinating their care. She develops friendships with each one of her patients who are willing to accept her help as a navigator, and she says she learns something new from each patient. Daniels has “shed lots of tears” both alone and with her patients, and she feels that opening herself up in that way helps to make a strong connection with her patient.

LMC Brings Same Day/Next Day Surgery to the Midlands

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to introduce Same Day/Next Day Surgery. This first-in-the-Midlands program gives patients a convenient option for surgical treatment. Consultations are scheduled daily with procedures performed that afternoon or the next morning at Lexington Medical Center or the hospital’s Outpatient Surgery Center in Irmo.

Same Day/Next Day Surgery includes procedures for melanoma, superficial wounds, soft tissue tumors, diagnostic procedures for muscle, temporal arteries and oncology, vascular port placement, and surgeries for gallbladders, hernias, breast cancer and anorectal conditions. Other procedures may also be available in Same Day/Next Day Surgery. Patients can talk about that with their doctor.

The Same Day/Next Day Surgery program is part of Southern Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. For more than 30 years, Southern Surgical Group has specialized in addressing patients’ needs by combining comprehensive surgical services with compassionate care. Now, Drs. Raymond S. Fryrear II, Nicholas A. Limperos, and Ronald G. Myatich are offering Same Day/Next Day surgeries to continue to enhance patient care.

Same Day/Next Day Surgery offers many advantages to patients including lower overall costs, minimal wait time until surgery and less time away from work or family time in some cases.

Dr. Raymond Fryrear

Dr. Raymond Fryrear

“Same Day/Next Day Surgery keeps a patient’s time, expenses and care at the forefront,” said Dr. Fryrear. “Importantly, patients with a possible cancer diagnosis may no longer have to wait to be scheduled for a surgical procedure.”

For more information on Same Day/Next Day Surgery, visit Southern Surgical Group’s website. Or, call 803-936-8901.