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Posted: Feb 27, 2024

Cancer Care & Cardiotoxicity

When it comes to cancer, even the treatment can be hard on the heart.

Many have heard of fatigue, hair loss or nausea accompanying chemotherapy or other cancer treatments. Probably lesser known, but perhaps more serious, is something called cardiotoxicity—cardiovascular damage that can occur following certain types of treatment.

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Posted: Feb 20, 2024

All About Lung Cancer Screening

The little-known, lifesaving test everyone should be aware of

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, claiming roughly as many lives each year as prostate, colon and breast cancer combined. But while we do have a way to screen for lung cancer-and catching lung cancer early greatly increases the patient's chances-only a small percentage are taking advantage.

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Posted: Jan 30, 2024

Limitations of the 23andMe BRCA1/2 Test

With Genetic Counselor Katherine Zimmerman, MSPH, LCGC

As the accessibility of genetic testing expands, more people are exploring their own genetic code. And companies like 23andMe even offer tests that claim to identify increased genetic risk of breast, ovarian and other cancers. But it is crucial to understand the very real limitations of these direct-to-consumer tests and why it's important to keep a licensed healthcare provider in the loop.

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Posted: Jan 9, 2024

What the Ion Endoluminal System Means for Lung Cancer Screening

With Pulmonologist Omar Sheriff, MD

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the entire world. Unfortunately, it's also one of the hardest cancers to diagnose. But with the Ion endoluminal system, physicians at Sarasota Memorial are setting the new gold standard

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Posted: Nov 14, 2023

The Great American Smokeout Is Here!

Kick the habit with a little help from the experts.

As of the latest FDA studies, tobacco use remains the #1 cause of preventable death in the US. And each day, roughly 1,600 youth smoke their first cigarette. Fortunately, studies also show that smoking cessation programs work, which is why Sarasota Memorial partners with the Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center to promote The Great American Smokeout every year.

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