Tag Archives: Lexington Medical Cancer Center

A Lexington Medical Center Connection to Breast Cancer Research

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is home to the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund, which provides needed supplies to women undergoing cancer treatment. It’s named in honor of hospital employee Crystal Smith, who died of breast cancer in her early 40s. Today, Crystal’s story has inspired her daughter to help others. Learn more in this WLTX news story.

To learn more about the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund, visit LMCFoundation.com.

Meet the Patients: A Breast Cancer Survivor Story

Beth Addison is a mom of two teenage girls. She was diagnosed with breast cancer one year ago after a 3-D mammogram at Lexington Medical Center.

She underwent a year of treatment that included chemotherapy at Lexington Oncology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Beth also was featured as a model in our Women’s Night Out fashion show this year. The event honors breast cancer survivors and their families, and raises money for the Campaign for Clarity, a capital campaign to expand 3-D mammography throughout our hospital’s network of care.

In this WLTX news story, she shares her journey and what she learned along the way.

Lexington Medical Center diagnoses more than 250 cases of breast cancer each year. 3-D mammography is an important tool because it can reveal cancerous tumors when they are just 1 to 2 millimeters in size. Early detection is key to treating breast cancer. Visit LexMed.com/Cancer to learn more about our hospital’s cancer program.

Modern Management of Brain Tumors

Dr. Johnathan Engh is a neurosurgical oncologist at Lexington Brain and Spine Institute, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. He specializes in tumors of the brain and spine. He talked about the latest treatment measures in this WLTX interview.

There are several types of brain tumors, typically divided between primary and metastatic brain tumors. A primary brain tumor grows from the brain itself; a metastatic brain tumor has spread to the brain from another part of the body. Some are malignant, others are benign. Brain surgeries can be complex.

According to Dr. Engh, brain tumors tend to present with headaches, confusion, an unexplained seizure as well as speech, memory and vision problems. Keep in mind the vast majority of headaches are not brain tumors.

Dr. Engh specializes in the most innovative ways to treat brain tumors. That includes minimally-invasive port surgery, a procedure that allows a surgeon to treat deep-seeded tumors while minimizing trauma to surrounding brain tissue.

Awake craniotomy, another innovative technique, maps the brain and allows the patient to participate in the surgery. If the patient is awake for a portion of the procedure, a doctor can ensure that speech and other neurological function is OK while the surgeon works on the tumor. There’s no machine that can do that. Awake brain surgery can maximize a patient’s outcome.

Finally, radiosurgery is a precise application of radiation without an incision and given on an outpatient basis. It can be very effective in shrinking tumors and preventing someone from needing surgery.

Dr. Engh’s expertise helps to allow people in the Midlands to receive world-class cancer care that’s close to home.