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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When the caregiver becomes the patient

SARASOTA- Kathy Mitchell’s energetic walk down the halls of Doctor’s Hospital is a familiar sight to her coworker’s. “Her tenacity and her compassion,” Martina Giquinto said. “For her staff, her nurses, her community and her patients, is just unsurpassed.” As Chief Nursing Officer, she needs the energy for her busy day. “I have almost 300 nurses that report directly to me,” Mitchell said. “I have 9 directors, over different...

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