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Are You At Risk: Lung Cancer Screenings

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present its monthly physician lecture on Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus. This month’s topic is “Are You At Risk: Understanding Lung Cancer Screenings.” Myron Barwick, MD, FACS, of Lexington Surgical Associates will give the presentation. It’s free and open to the public.

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. because only 15 percent of patients with lung cancer are diagnosed with early stage disease.

Lexington Medical Center offers a new lung cancer screening program to help early detection. Qualified screening patients should be between the ages of 55-74 and have a 30 pack-year smoking history. If the patient is a former smoker, he or she must have quit within the past 15 years. Or, patients should be age 50 or older and have a 20 pack-year smoking history with one additional risk factor. A pack-year is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked. For example, 1 pack year is equal to smoking 1 pack per day for 1 year or 2 packs per day for a half year.

Dr. Barwick talked about lung cancer and the screening program on WLTX today. The segment is below.

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present a monthly lecture series featuring physicians speaking out medical topics that are important to our community. For the calendar of future events, visit LexMed.com.

Columbia Medical Group Welcomes New Doctors

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Eddie M. Williams III, MD and Huong Thi Phan, MD to The Columbia Medical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice located on Trenholm Road in Columbia.

An Irmo native, Dr. Williams graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. He went on to complete his internal medicine internship and residency, critical care residency, and pulmonary medicine fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Additional education includes earning a diploma in tropical disease and hygiene from the University of Liverpool, U.K. and studying French at Institut de Formation de Cadres pour le Développement (IFCAD) in Brussels, Belgium.

Dr. Eddie Williams

Dr. Eddie Williams

“I enjoy the relationships and the science in practice, long term friendships with patients and solving problems – therefore the art and science of medicine,” Dr. Williams said.

Dr. Williams has more than 30 years of experience as a physician. He most recently practiced at Palmetto Pulmonary and Infectious Disease in Columbia. Dr. Williams is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease.

Huong Thi Phan, MD is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Phan completed her residency in internal medicine in Columbia. She is board certified in internal medicine. Before coming to The Columbia Medical Group, Dr. Phan worked at West Columbia Internal Medicine, which was also part of the Lexington Medical Center network of care.

Dr. Huong Thi Phan

Dr. Huong Thi Phan

“As a practicing primary care physician, I have a unique opportunity to meet and care for a variety of patients with different needs,” Dr. Phan said. “To me, being a primary care physician is both rewarding and satisfying by taking part in the healing process.”

Specializing in general adult internal medicine, the board-certified physicians and nurse practitioner at The Columbia Medical Group provide comprehensive medical care for adults, including the diagnosis and treatment of health issues, care for chronic diseases, and advice on preventive care, diet and exercise.

Dr. Williams and Dr. Phan are accepting new patients. Learn more at ColaMed.com

The Columbia Medical Group
4540 Trenholm Road
Columbia, SC 29206
803-790-4700

Understanding the Disease Behind the “Ice Bucket Challenge”

The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has become a phenomenon on social media. It raises money for ALS research. But what exactly is ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease? Dr. Donald Schmechel, LMC neurologist, was on WIS-TV this week to talk about it. Check out what he said in the video below.