Ask an Expert: Palliative Medicine

palliative care

Welcome to “Ask an Expert,” a Q&A series with Sarasota Memorial’s health and medical experts, where you can get thorough answers to your health queries from a local source you can trust. Have question that you’d like to “Ask an Expert”? Email them to AskAnExpert@smh.com. (more…)

Practice Sun Safety Year-round in the Sunshine State

Summer Safety

Although it doesn’t feel like it yet, fall has arrived! Temperatures will eventually start to fall, but that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down when it comes to sun safety. Fall in the Sunshine State often means spending even more time outdoors—at farmer’s markets, festivals and sporting events—rather than hiding in the AC. Do your skin a favor, and follow these tips to be sun smart year-round. (more…)

Custom Cancer Care: One Survivor’s Story

Doni Schaefer

Doni Schaefer isn’t your typical breast cancer patient. When her cancer was detected in the summer of 2015, it was neither early stage, nor the kind that responds well to standardized chemotherapy regimens. Hers was a fast-growing aggressive subtype known as HER2. The unfavorable biomarker, found in 15 to 20 percent of breast cancers, signals a more complex condition to treat. (more…)

Caregiving & Preparing for the Unexpected

advanced care planning

Most people know that it’s helpful to plan for the future. But for many caregivers, it is difficult to think about a time when they (not their loved one) may face a crisis or medical illness. Today, 30 million households are providing care for an adult over the age of 50 – and that number is expected to double over the next 25 years. (more…)

Ask an Expert: Oncology Nurse Navigators

nurse patient cancer

Welcome to “Ask an Expert,” a Q&A series with Sarasota Memorial’s doctors, nurses, and other health experts, where you can get thorough answers to your health and wellness queries from a local source you can trust. Have a medical- or wellness-related question that you’d like to “Ask an Expert”? Email them to AskAnExpert@smh.com.

When faced with a new cancer diagnosis, or potential diagnosis, it’s easy for patients and their loved ones to feel lost—lost in all of the new information, lost in the treatment options, lost in the endless questions you need answered, and lost in trying to cope with the diagnosis, the cancer. (more…)