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Posted: Jul 9, 2019

Helping Kids Cope with Loss

Written by SMH Palliative Care Medical Director Dr. Joelle Vlahakis

Whether it be the loss of a beloved pet, the loss of a friend who moves away, the broken heart of a teenager or the loss of a grandparent who has passed away, grief is very real for children and should be acknowledged. Parents feel obligated to act as guides for children, but when confronting a significant loss, it can be best to follow the child’s lead instead. Learn what grief can look like in children — beyond tears and sadness — and use these tips to help them cope with loss and death. 

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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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