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Dr. Richard Orr

Surgical Oncology
Spartanburg, SC
45 years experience male

Locations

Office

Spartanburg, SC

Address

101 E Wood Street, Spartanburg, SC
Directions

About

Bio

Richard K. Orr MD, MPH, FACS is a surgical oncologist who specializes in breast diseases, endocrine diseases, colorectal cancer, melanoma and skin cancer. He has wide experience in the surgical treatment of cancer - fellowship trained at the Medical College of Virginia in 1984 after completing his general surgery residency at the University of South Florida in 1982. Dr. Orr practices at the Gibbs Cancer Center with surgical oncologists Barry Hird, MD and Christophe Nguyen MD. He is well versed in minimal access (laparoscopic) and traditional open surgery. Dr. Orr is a clinical professor of surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina and has published over 30 articles in the medical literature and presented nearly 100 times at major medical conferences. He is an active teacher in the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center surgical residency (was program director for nine years) and has won teaching awards from the Spartanburg surgical residency and the University of Massachusetts surgical residency. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Orr received a Master of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts - with concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Specialties
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Surgical Oncology

Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

444 Answers
321 Agrees
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Removal thyroid: Thyroid surgery means removal of half (lobectomy) or all of the thyroid (total thyroidectomy). In the past, removal of nodules was done, but this is ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Slight: With modern techniques relatively uncommon, although x ray changes may occur more often than symptoms. Like anything else in the chest, side effects ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Yes: Good diet (low fat - little red meat - antioxidants), maintain ideal body weight, exercise, avoid too much alcohol.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
No: A difficult question politically, but an easy one medically. Although marijuana is not without risks - the risk of tobacco smoking are far greater!
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Probably not: I am not aware of any studies linking marijuana to most cancers. But - you are inhaling a caustic substance into the lungs that can cause damage with... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Soon: You do not have to rush, but why put it off? I would find a time that is mutually convenient with you and your surgeon. With an experienced surgeon,... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Part of intestine: The last (furthest from the mouth) of three parts of the small intestine. It is involved primarily in absorption of various nutrients that have been ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Wait a few days: I am not sure what af is (i presume it means your period ). Wait a couple of days, you may be just a little late and all will resolve on its own. If... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
See your doc: Most likely a benign inflmmatory node or recurrent thyroid cancer (definitely curable!) throat cancer possible but much less likely. Talk it over wi... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Medicine first: I see a lot of hyperthyroidsism! usually anti-thyroid medicine (and possibly beta blockers) is the first step. Most (but not all) people will eventua... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Unusual: The only way vision would be related to bc is if the tumor had metastasized to the brain which is not terribly common (mets to bone, liver, and lung a... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Variable: Most us radiographic and oncologic groups recommend annual screening beginning at age 40. (continuing as long as life expectancy exceeds 10 years.) ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Stones: Stones in both kidneys. Bilateral (both sides) + nephro (kidney) + lithiasis (stones).
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Hernia tumor adhesio: Most bowel obstructions are postoperative and related to adhesions (scar tissue) or postoperative hernia. Sometimes people with groin hernias or umbi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Check with doc: Isolated increases in monocytes and eosinophils are often normal, especially if the overall WBC is normal and the patient is not sick. There are many... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Discuss with surgeon: Usually surgical removal is the first step and is well tolerated even in the elderly. If she absolutely refuses surgery and the tumor is not too big,... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
None: Levothyroxine is a very good substitute for the thyroid hormone that your thyroid produced before it was removed. There is no biological substitute s... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Variable: Although never trivial, mammographically detected breast cancer, if small and estrogen receptor positive has a very good prognosis with relatively min... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Needs FNA: Most thyroid nodules in 40 year olds (especially women) are benign. But - we usually recommend a fine needle aspiration of any nodule greater than 1 ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
See below: If the skin lump is small, removal makes sense. It can be done by a shave biopsy technique or a surgical removal with stitches. If it is larger, we ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Depends: Most squamous cancers of the skin do not metastasize but some do. Many factors involved including the size of the tumor, its location, and microscopi... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Same thing: A whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy) removes the head of the pancreas, the lower bile duct, gallbladder, and usually part of the stomach (and... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Not really: In most cases, it is not dangerous, but there is no proof that it is beneficial, so why have an uncomforatable and costly procedure? Repeated use may... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
What proof?: A quote from the archives of dermatology: "escharotic agents are available as herbal supplements and are being used by patients for the treatment of s... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
See your doc: That is not normal and you need to check it out. Some common medical causes are inadequate thyroid production (hypothyroidism) and anemia. Both are e... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately not that rare if you had a node dissection or nodal radiation. Check with your surgeon - there are treatments available that may help.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Moderate: Some good factors: only 1 node - and with micromet , er+ pr+. Bad features: moderate size 4.2 cm, her2+. An aggressive tumor, but she is pursuing i... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Many reasons: Eveniin expert hands, cancer recurs in the same breast in 6-10% of women after a lumpectomy with radiation. It is usually in the same spot, but may b... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Looks grim: The presence of bedsores suggests a long-term problem. The drug overdose causing both a coma and kidney failure suggest mult-system organ failure. O... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Many: There are many types. Anemia means that there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells. Probably the most common type relates to bleeding, e.g.... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Depends: Depends on the reason that it is low. About the only thing that you can do on your own is dietary. If you have anemia because of low iron or vitamin... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
See your doctor: Depends upon your age and whether you smoke and drink alcohol. Most nodes in the neck are benign and related to inflammation/infection. But, tumors... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Diagnostic tests: An ultrasound uses sound waves to create a picture. In the simplest way, a solid structure blocks the sound wave and creates a shadow behind it. Ther... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Light skin people: Melanoma is related to having fair skin and sun (or tanning bed exposure). So all light-skinned people have some risk -especially if they live close ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Not neccessarily: Transvaginal ultrasound does not evaluate the lymph nodes in the abdomen (iliac and paraaortic) nor the upper abdomen. So if the cancer has spread to... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Marrow + destruction: It is suggested that dengue fever may involve the bone marrow and cause suppression of new platelet formation. Another theory is that there is increa... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Get help: The main problem with bystanders and neck injuries is a desire to help them yourself. First - call for qualified help (ems, ambulance, 911). Sometime... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Blood test and CT: Blood tests to check for hormone excess production. A cat scan to look for adrenal enlargement.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the co... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Hopefully: After surgery, we try to suppress potential regrowth of thyroid ca by giving a larger than normal dose of thyroid hormone (synthroid (thyroxine) or si... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Not likely: I have prescribed tamoxifen to several hundred women and have never heard any of them complain of that particular symptom. Main common symptoms are h... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Usually CT scan: Usually by a ct scan done to workup flank or abdominal pain - sometimes a ct done for other conditions, and occasionally during a workup for hormone e... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Yes: There are many diseases of the spleen. These can be a variety of infections that occur in the spleen, cancer can metastasize to the spleen, occasiona... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
blood from nipple: Although most breast cancers present with a lump or abnormal mammogram, some present with nipple discharge. The discharges to be worried about are blo... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Any: Why would you wait? There are four good reasons for delay. 1) a couple of weeks to get second (or more opinions) and to get your facts, 2) neoadjuvan... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Talk to your surgeon: Colostomy reversal may be very simple (if it was an ileostomy)or very complex - if a "stump" in the pelvis and needs extensive internal work for reco... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Unknown: Probably has the same risk factors as any breast cancer. Having a family history of bc is one of the most common "risk factors", but any woman can de... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Benign tumor: Fibroadenomas are common noncancerous (benign) tumors of the breast. They frequently appear in older teenagers and young adults. Get it checked out.... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
See below: There are no holistic approaches to treating breast cancer. Sometimes a simple medicine (tamoxifen) is used instead of standard treatment if the pati... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Yes: Not common, but certainly not rare. Most can be managed with certain types of anti-thyroid drugs (some are contraindicated in pregnancy - your OB and... Read More
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Nov 4, 2012
Very thoughtful and erudite answers that that are very helpful in answering patient's questions.
Caring, dedicated, knowledgeable.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Orr is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! :) I must have had it a long time! Maybe 30 years ago!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! This clarifies things for me. Thank you.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I will see the doctor at the earliest. Thanks a lot.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of South Florida College of Medicine, FL
Graduated 1977MD

Residency

University of South Florida

Residency

University of South Florida

Awards

Most Influential, First Place, Spartanburg Region - Spring
2015
Top Doctor, First Place, Spartanburg Region - Spring
2015
Top Surgical Oncologist, Third Place, National - Spring
2015

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
Southeastern Surgical Congress
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