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Dr. Laurie Harrell

Radiation Oncology
SC
31 years experience female

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Specialties
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Radiation Oncology

Licenses

United States: Georgia, South Carolina

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

17 Answers
8 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
It all depends: Survival of this disease depends on a number of factors. The stage of the disease is very important to know. Stage defines the extent of disease. High... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
No it is not: Below is a link to the American Cancer Society outlining breast cancer risks. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-canc... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Better images: In very general terms: Cancers use glucose (sugar) faster than normal tissue. PET imaging provides diagnostic information based on increased glucose u... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Unlikely cancer: If "changes size" means it gets smaller and larger then this is unlikely cancer. If a painless lump continues to get larger then that is concerning. ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Need more info: You need to discuss the findings with your doctor. However, endometrial cancer is rare in 33 year olds. It is generally a disease if elderly women. Ce... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
If it can be felt: In general, the doctor usually cannot feel the spleen in the left upper abdomen unless the patient is very thin. If it can be felt in a normal size p... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Anemia: The mcv and MCH are values that tell about red blanood cells. The numbers you provide are slightly elevated and these numbers likely suggest anemia. D... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Changes DNA: In very simple terms, nitrogen mustard type drugs change the structure of a cell's DNA, and as a consequence, the cell can no longer divide and make ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Sure!: I like to encourage patients to continue their normal routine as much as possible while getting radiation therapy. So if a patient exercises regularl... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Yes : The degree to which radiation therapy causes nausea depends on several factors: area treated, dose of radiation, whether it is given along with chemot... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Possible: In an otherwise healthy 26 year old female, the first thing that comes to mind with a large spleen and too many lymph nodes is something of infectious... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Side effect: The most common side effect of Lupron (leuprolide) is hot flashes. Unfortunately there is not much to do about it. The good news is that Lupron (leupr... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
No it is not: Patients with cancer can develop vitamin D deficiency. In patients without cancer, it is not thought that low vitamin D levels are an indicator of ca... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Unlikely: Fatigue is expected following radiation therapy. However, palpitations are not a usual side effect. You should see your regular doctor to discuss yo... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Unlikely: This "lump" sounds like it could be a lymph node. Lymph nodes can enlarge and often feel tender if you have an infection. Most times they go away on... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
It all depends...: ...on the degree of "peeling". Dry flakey skin after radiation treatment is generally treated with moisturizing creams/ointments like Aquaphor.If the ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurie Harrell
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Infection: In general, pain in lymph nodes is usually a sign of an infectious process. If it doesn't go away, you should go see your doctor so he/she can examine... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Harrell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Harrell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Ct with contrast never showed pancreatic tumor. I alone asked for a PET and it showed active pc tumor. Then, the medical and surgical oncologists started hearing me bett...Read More
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Thank you very much, I really appreciated you timely response.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical University of SC
MD

Awards

Top Radiation Oncologist , First Place, South Carolina - Summer
2014
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