Screenings could make lung cancer easier to treat

SARASOTA- Five-year survival rates for Lung Cancer are less than 20% because lung cancer is often diagnosed too late, Sarasota Memorial Hospital is looking to improve those rates by catching lung cancer earlier. More than 200 thousand people are diagnosed with Lung Cancer every year. “Lung Cancer is unfortunately the number one cancer killer in America,” Dr. Joseph Seaman. “It kills more folks each year then the other 4 top cancers...

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New dining program for people with cognitive impairments

SARASOTA- If you can no longer use a knife and fork, your dining options are limited. “We all love to eat,” Peggy Beasley said. And when it becomes a hardship, or when it becomes frustrating to eat, what do you do, they stop eating.” Thrive Dining at the Fountains Assisted Living Facility is designed to help those living with mental or cognitive impairments from things like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s enjoy eating again. “We start out...

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Suncoast doctor tricks and treats

MANATEE COUNTY- Some Superpowers develop after being bitten by a radioactive spider, others from years of medical school. And if you got an allergic reaction from that spider bite, this Manatee County Doctor may be able to help. Catching Pollen just like flies… Look Out… Here Comes Spiderman. “I’m just working on being the super creature I want to become and he’s helping me out,” Cliff Anderson said. If you throat’s scratchy from an...

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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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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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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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