Treatment of sickle cell disease largely involves long-term disease management.
Proper lifestyle modifications are essential to avoiding sickle cell disease-related symptomatic episodes and health conditions, which involve maintaining a well-balanced diet, avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption, limiting caffeine intake, and staying hydrated.
Long-term sickle cell disease management also involves proper dental, foot, eye and skin/wound care.
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Sickle cell disease can negatively affect many of the organs in the body, therefore it is important for patients to be seen by appropriate specialists on a regular basis.
Sickle cell disease can also serve as a significant source of emotional distress, so it is also important for patients to receive psychosocial support, such as counseling, to learn healthy ways to cope with this chronic illness.
Cone Health is opening the second comprehensive sickle medical center in the nation this spring. The center will provide comprehensive care and disease management for sickle cell disease patients throughout the community with a dedicated clinical team of a physician, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, case manager and social worker. Cone Health Sickle Cell Medical Center is modeled with the goal of providing patients with all the care they need in one visit, including physical check-ups, medication management, counseling, education and navigational services for needs such as referrals to specialists, transportation and prescription refills.
Dr. Eric Dean is the medical director of the Cone Health Sickle Cell Center. Dr. Dean is a 1979 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He specializes in internal medicine, completing his residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital.