Many people seek a genetic test for the benefit of their family members, or even their children. Family history, depending on your mother or grandmother’s genetic history can drive that decisions. Listen in on how to prepare properly.
Pregnant women, or people with heart disease or cancer in their family are some examples of people who could benefit from genetic testing. Answering questions about future ailments or discovering unknown genes are sometimes the outcomes.
As part of SMH’s Ocology Genetics program, Nicole Wood, Certified Genetic Counselor is able to teach and offer medical help to cancer patients. Recently, the Education portion of the program has been expanded to better serve patients suffering from Cancer.
The clinical care offered in the Rehabilitation Pavilion is truly out of this world. Not only does that apply to the team of people, but also to the technology. Task-driven tools like the Ekso Skeleton and the Vector Track are truly state-of-the-art.
From the Mobility Garden to the state-of-the-art gyms, the new Rehabilitation Pavilion offers services for all types of patients. It has been designed to help patients regain their independence following strokes, brain tumors, brain injuries, broken bones, spinal fractures, amputation, surgery and trauma-related injuries.
When the new Institute for Cancer Care is being designed, industrial planners, staff & physician teams will all have input on it’s schematic. But SMH can’t build a patient-centered facility without their input as well.
As cancer cases continue to increase, SMH plans to expand the existing team of experts in the near future. Making sure that the patient’s care plan is smooth and time efficient will be an important part of the new Institute for Cancer Care
When SMH’s new Institute opens, it will provide a place for the entire cancer team to work on the individual patient’s care. The continuum of care will include all of the supportive care programs that currently exist – all in one place.
Sarasota Memorial will open a new facility called The Institute for Cancer Care. Slated to open in a couple of years, the new facility will provide comprehensive care for the cancer patient.
If a suspicious mass is discovered, there are steps to help identify the nature of the lesion – either benign or malignant. Biopsies, lumpectomies and mastectomies are some of the different procedures involved in identifying the suspicious area.
While strict in nature, the diet in the Ornish program is designed to reverse heart disease. Also, it positively affects the chances of developing cancer, depression and other health related issues.
Cancer is like a virus – once it gets into the lymph nodes and makes new cancer cells. With chemotherapy and it’s advancements in the past 20 years along with the advent of robotic surgery – prognosis is much better about extending a patient’s life.
When an advanced cancer is detected, help navigating through all the information and statistics can be overwhelming. Gastrointestinal Oncologist Kenneth Meredith, MD, explains what can be expected when pancreatic cancer is diagnosed.
Pancreatic cancer, as one of the top 3 causes of cancer related-deaths, occurs in about 1 in 20 patients. One of the difficulties with diagnosing the cancer is how many of the patients are not presenting symptoms. Listen and find out more about symptoms & the causes of pancreatic cancer.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital now offers the Ornish Reversal Program, the first proven lifestyle medicine approach to reverse heart disease without drugs or surgery. Participants enroll in a 9-week program that helps them adopt a healthy lifestyle based on four key program elements – a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet; 30 minutes of daily exercise; stress management; and social support.
February is Gall Bladder Cancer and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month
More than 10,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with advanced cancers of the gallbladder and related biliary malignancies each year. Learn about related risk factors and symptoms so it can be treated it at its earliest stages — or better yet, prevented! Visit or call Sarasota Memorial’s Cancer Information Office (941-917-1981) for prevention & screening information, or learn more in this education video featuring Sarasota Memorial Gastroenterologist Steven Kucera, MD, who uses advanced endoscopic technology to detect and treat cancers and disorders of the biliary tract
Bridgette, a young woman at the time, performed her own self exam and discovered a lump. Without health insurance, she went through Planned Parenthood who referred her to our Breast Health Center. With a family history of breast cancer, she took charge of her health. Hear her story.
For those individuals in our community who are low income, uninsured or under insured The Breast Heath Grant Support Program at Sarasota Memorial offers free screening & diagnostics services to those who qualify.
End-of-life care or Supportive Services is a medical specialty dealing with patients who are suffering from serious illness. And while hospice care is associated with terminal illnesses, it is also used to help those suffering from chronic conditions.
When Ray Miller was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, he and his wife Jill feared the worst. His doctor referred him to Sarasota Memorial Gastrointestinal Oncologist Kenneth Meredith, MD, who has performed more robotic esophagectomies than anyone else in the world.
Hear Kerry Kirshner’s story about his experience with genetic testing and his breast cancer. From types of tests all the way to the cost, where you get tested is almost as important as when.
Genetic Testing can help people be more proactive in finding out if they are predisposed to developing cancer. A Genetic Counselor is someone who can help with interpretation of the results. Hear from a cancer survivor on his experience with both.
With the increased number of labs now offering genetic testing, it is very important to do proper research prior to using a company. There are risks associated with the reliability of the results. Sarasota Memorial’s expert explains more.
With many ethical and emotional issues surrounding Genetic Testing, help navigating the subject can be found with a counselor like Cathleen McCann, MS, CGC, Board Certified Genetic Counselor Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System.
Hear about this nationally recognized, evidence-based Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation program that helps survivors physically and emotionally heal from the side-effects of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or other cancer therapy.
Hear from Monica, who has no health insurance, and her battle with becoming Cancer-free. When she noticed a change in her breast, her Doctor referred her to Sarasota Memorial’s Breast Health Grant Support Program.
Glecias talks about her experience with breast pain. Thanks to the Breast Health Grant Support Program, part of Sarasota Memorial’s Cancer Care Program, she was able to get the mammogram she needed.
In Sarasota County, Sarasota Memorial’s Breast Health Grant Support Program can help those who have financial difficulties. With a referral and the qualifications met, care is available.
A newly offering at SMH program, from a Harvard physician and cancer survivor, helps cancer survivors thrive and an increased quality of life.
Host Susan Nilon talks with Kelly Batista, Yulonda Greene & Doug Sham about Sarasota Memorial’s new STAR Program for Cancer Rehabilitation, a comprehensive approach to treating an array of side effects from treatment. Also discussed is the free & interactive event on December 6th.