What Patients and Families Need to Know

Cancer affects every aspect of your health, from your energy levels to your digestion. At The Relief Clinic in Long Beach and Saucier, Mississippi, family medicine specialist Philip Levin, MD, and his team deliver expert care for cancer symptoms and can help you find relief from pain.

Call The Relief Clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cancer?

Cancer is the rapid and uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells. It can affect any organ or structure in your body. While certain types of cancer are treatable in their early stages, others require lifelong treatment that reduces your quality of life.

Remaining vigilant about your health and scheduling regular checkups with The Relief Clinic can help you and your provider identify the early warning signs of cancer.

What are the most common types of cancer?

There are more than 100 types of cancer, and the most common are:

Skin cancer

Skin cancer causes the uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells in the outermost layer of the skin. While basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) typically aren’t life-threatening, melanoma is. Without treatment, melanoma can spread to other areas of your body.

Breast cancer

Breast cancer affects the cells inside the breasts. It’s the most common form of cancer in women in the United States. When caught early, breast cancer is highly treatable.

Lung cancer

Lung cancer occurs when the cells in the lungs grow and multiply at an abnormal rate. While smoking cigarettes significantly increases your risk of lung cancer, anybody can develop the condition.

Prostate cancer

The prostate is a small gland that produces seminal fluid. Early intervention can eliminate prostate cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body.

Colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer, which develops in the colon or rectum, is on the rise in younger Americans. The disease can spread throughout the digestive tract and to other organs before causing noticeable symptoms. Regular physical exams and health screenings help your provider to identify colorectal cancer early.

What are the treatments for cancer?

Treating cancer typically requires chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or a combination of treatments. Along with traditional therapies, your provider may suggest lifestyle modifications and nutritional counseling to help maintain your health.

As a medical marijuana provider in Mississippi, your provider at The Relief Clinic may also recommend marijuana to reduce the symptoms of cancer. Some studies show that marijuana can help manage cancer pain and reduce chemotherapy-related nausea.

Call The Relief Clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about cancer.