Suncoast nonprofits help breast cancer patients in need

SARASOTA – Lisa Vonderhaar has reached an important step in her breast cancer treatment. She was recently surrounded by family and friends at Florida Cancer Specialists in Sarasota. A little boy in her arms enthusiastically rings the large bell in the middle of the room as people yell, “Yay!” The ringing of the bell symbolizes that chemotherapy is completed, a celebratory time for the patient, family and friends. “A combination of...

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Suncoast prepares for ‘Making Strides Against Cancer’ Walk

SARASOTA – The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Sarasota / Manatee is Saturday, October 27, the last Saturday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Suncoast residents whose lives have been touched by someone with breast cancer, whether living with breast cancer themselves or knowing a loved one with breast cancer, will come together to show their support. Out at Nathan Benderson Park for setup for...

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Digital Mammography making it easier to diagnose cancers

SARASOTA- New technology is helping doctor’s see and diagnose breast cancer earlier, and the earlier it’s diagnosed the easier it is to treat. 3-D Mammography gives doctors a clearer view of the breast tissue. “We can see through the tissue a little bit better,” Dr. Merandi said. “It takes slices through the tissue, instead of a 2D image its 3D and we get slices kind of like a CAT scan through the breast.” Dr. Steven Merandi says this...

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Celebrities influence on raising awareness about breast cancer

SARASOTA- Since becoming a surgeon in the 80’s, Dr. Russel Novak says he’s seen a change in how people respond to getting a breast cancer diagnosis. “When I was younger breast cancer was a hidden thing, then the Angelina Jolie effect came out and was open about her condition,” explains Dr. Novak. The mother of six underwent a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer later on. Dr. Novak says, in...

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Assistance for women needing a mammogram

SARASOTA- When it comes to Breast Cancer, the earlier it’s diagnosed the better easier it is to treat. But for those without insurance or living in poverty, getting mammograms regularly isn’t always the priority. One in eight women will develop Breast Cancer, but those without insurance may go undiagnosed. “I’ve had women tell me on the phone,” “That they don’t want to get a screening, because if they find out they have Breast Cancer,...

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GPS helps tailor patient-specific cancer treatments

SARASOTA – Genomic proteomic spectrometry, or GPS, works kind of like the GPS in your car. “It’s a road map for treating cancer to try to pick out drugs individually for a particular patient that might be helpful,” Oncologist Steve Mamus, MD, said. If someone recently diagnosed with cancer has significant tissue, a sample can be sent off for analysis to determine the most effective treatment. “As far as I’m concerned,” Mamus said,...

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