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Posted: Jun 11, 2019

Beyond the BRCA Gene: The Latest in Genetic Testing

Written by SMH Certified Genetic Counselor Nicole Wood

Genetic testing for hereditary cancer continues to evolve thanks to evolving technology and a better understanding of the human genome. While scientists in 2012 basically looked for only two genes linked to higher cancer risk (BRCA1 and BRCA2), today's genetic tests can evaluate up to 47 genes at the same time. What does that mean for your family?

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Posted: Apr 23, 2019

HPV Vaccine ~ What Parents Need to Know

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

We spoke with pediatrician Dr. Jose Tavarez to get some answers about the HPV vaccine, who needs it and why. Although the US has offered human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations since 2006, misconceptions and misinformation persist. Check out Dr. Tavarez's Q&A to get the facts.

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Posted: Apr 9, 2019

Expertise & Robotic Surgery Bring New Hope for Esophageal Cancer Patient

Written by Senior Communications Editor Kim Savage

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. Not only did Dr. Meredith remove Ray's cancer with robotic esophagectomy, but the minimally invasive surgery meant Ray had a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. 

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Posted: Mar 12, 2019

Pancreatic Cancer Advances Offer New Hope

About 53,000 cases of pancreatic cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year — 80 percent of those will be advanced stage. Though these statistics are sobering, advances in research, treatment and diagnostics are extending the lives of those managing the disease.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019

Tuning in to the Healing Power of Music

Written by SMH Oncology Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

Music is a powerful medium that crosses all boundaries to move us in infinite ways and to connect us, with each other and with ourselves. Whether it’s lyrical or instrumental, heard or felt, live or a recording, music is a universal language and an instrument of healing. Find out how therapeutic music and Music Therapy are helping patients and caregivers.

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