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Understanding Breast Cancer Surgery

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer at Lexington Medical Center. In fact, statistics show 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Thankfully, researchers and clinicians have learned a lot about the best ways to treat breast cancer and save lives. That includes knowing more about the best surgery methods. A generation ago, every woman with breast cancer received a double mastectomy. Today, surgeons have realized that less may be more – and it’s possible in some cases to perform a lumpectomy or use other treatment methods instead of a mastectomy.

Each month, WLTX hosts a segment called “Buddy Call.” It’s designed for women to remember to call a friend and remind her to perform a monthly self-breast exam. They also feature a patient or doctor. This month, they came to visit Dr. Richard Webb of Lexington Surgical Associates.

Celebrating its 28th anniversary this year, Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program is affiliated with Duke Health to provide state-of-the-art cancer care for cancer patients in our community. The hospital has treated more 5,000 women in the last 15 years, with a breast program accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lexington Medical Center’s cancer program also has accreditation with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.


For more information on cancer services at Lexington Medical Center, visit LexMed.com/Cancer.

Lexington Surgical Associates Welcomes Richard C. Webb, MD, FACS

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Richard C. Webb, MD, FACS, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Webb will work at Lexington Surgical Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Richard C. Webb, MD, FACS

A summa cum laude graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, Dr. Webb earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then completed his surgical internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. During his residency, he also completed a research internship at the National Institutes of Health Surgery Branch in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Webb is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He served as a general surgeon with the 8th Forward Surgical Team, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Operation Enduring Freedom, earning the Combat Medical Badge for providing surgical care while being engaged by the enemy. He then served as a general surgeon with the 628th FST in Operation Freedom Sentinel. He most recently worked as a staff general surgeon at Winn Army Community Hospital in Fort Stewart, Georgia, and in Columbia.

Dr. Webb joins the board-certified physicians and highly skilled staff at Lexington Surgical Associates to provide routine and highly complex general, vascular, thoracic, breast and colorectal surgical procedures. The practice combines surgical expertise and state-of-the-art technology with compassionate care at three convenient locations in the Midlands.

Dr. Webb is accepting new patients.

Lexington Surgical Associates
2728 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 104
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 791-2722

811 West Main Street, Suite 202
Lexington, SC 29072
(803) 785-4780

723 South Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29072
(803) 359-4133

LexingtonSurgicalAssociates.com

Colorectal Cancer Month: Don’t Be Afraid to Talk to Your Doctor About Symptoms

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in South Carolina. Each year, more than 2,400 South Carolinians are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and approximately 800 die from the disease. But colorectal cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer – and treatable when detected early.

Sometimes, colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may be bleeding, abdominal pain or a change in bowel habits. People with those symptoms should talk to their doctor. It might seem like an embarrassing topic, but as a Lexington Medical Center patient from Gilbert explains in this WIS-TV story, it could save your life.


Dr. Samir Shah of Lexington Surgical Associates, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, treated Joanne for colorectal cancer.

“Don’t delay having a colonoscopy,” Dr. Shah said. “It’s a painless procedure, and it’s better to be checked than to ignore an issue that could have been preventable and, most importantly, curable.”

A colonoscopy is considered one of the most powerful tools in clinical medicine because of its ability to identify and remove polyps before they become cancerous. Early detection and intervention can reduce mortality from colorectal cancer by up to 90 percent. Unfortunately, only 64 percent of the people in our state age 50 or older report ever being screened.

In general, people should have a colonoscopy at age 50. Patients with a family history of colorectal cancer should talk to their doctor and begin screening earlier.
While genetics may play a role in some colorectal cancer cases, most occur in someone with no family history of the disease. Factors that increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer include tobacco and heavy alcohol use, consumption of red or processed meat, diabetes, obesity and a low-fiber diet.

Lexington Medical Center diagnoses and treats more than 100 cases of colorectal cancer each year. From medical and radiation oncologists to surgeons, our clinicians provide comprehensive care for colorectal cancer. Visit LexMed.com/Cancer.