Dr. Richard Orr
44 years experience male
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.
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A male asked:
Depends: Depends on 1) overall health and 2) symptoms. Unless a 97 year old is EXTREMELY healthy, I would not work up this goiter unless truly symptomatic. Even if the patient had a differentiated thyroid cancer, it is unlikely that overall survival would be changed much in a 97 year old - if it was undifferentiated (not likely) it is uncurable anyhow. So I would leave it alone unless truly symptomatic.
A 42-year-old member asked:
You may be confused: INR is a measure of blood clotting and is often kept at about 2 if you are on warfarin. An INR of 11 would be EXTREMELY dangerous and put you at very high risk of bleeding On the other hand, prothrombin levels measure a specific clotting factor and may have normal values (not on anticoagulants) near 11 depending on a particular lab.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Not very: On the whole, women who are childless have a higher risk of breast cancer than do women with many children. But that risk is modest. Most childless women will not develop cancer, so avoiding cancer is not, in itself, a good reason to have a child
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Education & Training
University of South Florida College of Medicine, FL
University of South Florida
University of South Florida
American College of Surgeons
American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
Southeastern Surgical Congress