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Posted: Feb 16, 2021

Improving the Surgery Journey for Patients

By ERAS Coordinator Allie Wilson, BSN, RNBC

Learning you need surgery can prompt fear and concern about what’s to come — worry about pain and side effects, hospitalization duration, recovery time and infection risk. To help ease this stress and ensure patients have the best possible surgery outcome, Sarasota Memorial launched its Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program in 2018. ERAS Program Coordinator Allie Wilson, BSN, RN-BC, explains what ERAS is, how it's benefiting SMH patients and who's eligible.

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Posted: Jan 25, 2021

Preventing Cervical Cancer ~ Ask an Expert

With GYN Oncologist Beverly Long, MD

The bad news: All women are at risk for cervical cancer. The good news: Cervical cancer is highly preventable, and when found early, it’s highly treatable. In this Ask An Expert Q&A post, gynecological oncologist Beverly Long, MD, talks cervical cancer prevention and screening.

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Posted: Dec 1, 2020

Lung Cancer Screening: What to Expect

With SMH Pulmonologist Joseph Seaman, MD, & Radiologist Heitor Okanobo, MD

Did you know there’s a screening test that can detect lung cancer, even before symptoms appear? Find out why low-dose CT lung cancer screening is a game-changer, who should get screened and what they can expect.

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Posted: Nov 3, 2020

Oncologist Talks ‘Holy Grail’ of Cancer Treatment

By SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

In the ongoing fight against cancer, immunotherapy has emerged as a promising alternative to surgery and chemotherapy, utilizing the patient’s immune system to provide effective cancer treatment without burdensome side effects. Learn more about it in this blog post with Dr. Kevin Koehler, a medical oncologist at Sarasota Memorial.

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Posted: Oct 20, 2020

Breast Density: Why It Matters

Written by SMH Public Information Officer Kim Savage

Do you know how dense your breasts are? If you’re a woman age 40 or older, you should. Breast density is an extremely important factor to consider when screening for breast cancer and can influence decisions you make when scheduling your annual mammogram. 

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