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    Life after Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 4 years ago

    After successfully achieving remission from cancer, you may be surprised at the persistence of certain health issues. The disease itself and the type of cancer care you received can have lasting side effects, including fatigue and pain. Give yourself time to heal and recover, and talk to your cancer care specialist about ways of coping with your symptoms. Remember that everyone experiences different issues; your best source of information about your particular symptoms is your cancer care specialist.


    Fatigue is among the most prevalent side effects of cancer care, both during the treatment and afterward. Throughout the first year of recovery, you’re likely to experience extreme tiredness that is not alleviated by resting or sleeping more than usual. Nutritional deficiencies, poor fluid intake, anemia, and depression can contribute to fatigue. You can cope with fatigue by talking to your cancer care specialist about your medications and nutritional needs. Doing some light exercise each day, improving your fluid intake, and prioritizing your activities may help.


    Pain after cancer care can stem from surgery or injured nerves. It may even involve phantom pain if you had the surgical removal of a limb or breast. Your cancer care specialist can prescribe medications to help control your pain. You can also reduce discomfort by working with a physical therapist, practicing relaxation techniques, and trying acupuncture.

    Cognitive Difficulties

    “Chemobrain” or brain fog is a common problem among cancer survivors. You may experience concentration and memory problems during your cancer care or afterward. For example, others might inform you that you’ve already repeated information a few times, even though you have no memory of having done so. You can cope with these cognitive issues by writing down reminder notes of important information. Some cancer survivors talk themselves through the various steps of tasks, while others find it helpful to repeat information out loud.

    The Cancer Care Unit at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota provides compassionate, patient-centered care for those with cancer and their families. We understand the need for a whole-patient approach to cancer care, and so we offer a continuum of services including emotional support, patient education, complementary therapies, nutritional support, and much more. If you wish to learn more about the cancer care program at our hospital, please contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1596.


    The Connection between Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Atrial fibrillation is a common condition that involves an abnormal heart rhythm. The abnormal heart rhythm may be continuous or it may occur episodically. Atrial fibrillation sometimes causes symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, and pounding in the chest. It may also lead to complications, including stroke. In fact, one out of every six strokes is a result of atrial fibrillation. This is because the condition increases the risk of a blood clot forming near the heart, due to poor blood circulation. The blood clot can travel to the brain, where it can cause a stroke by obstructing blood flow.

    You can learn more about the connection between atrial fibrillation and stroke when you watch this video. You’ll hear the story of one woman who ended up in the emergency room because of atrial fibrillation. You’ll also learn about treatment options for atrial fibrillation to reduce the risk of stroke.

    At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, you’ll find exceptional emergency room services and comprehensive stroke care. Residents of the Northport and Venice areas can give us a call at (888) 685-1596 for more information about stroke care.

    Are You a Candidate for Mazor Robotics Surgery?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Robot-assisted surgery is a method by which a surgeon precisely controls robotic arms to perform a procedure. This type of surgery enables smaller incisions and more precise movements, generally leading to better outcomes for patients. If you suffer from a debilitating spinal condition, you could be a candidate for a procedure using Mazor Robotics Renaissance. Mazor Renaissance surgery involves three-dimensional planning prior to the surgery to develop a fully customized surgical plan.

    Talk to a spine care specialist today to determine if this procedure is right for you. Spine care specialists may recommend it for those with degenerative disc disease, a condition that involves the deterioration of the intervertebral discs. It is also appropriate for many patients who suffer from a herniated disc, kyphosis, or spondylolisthesis. Mazor Renaissance surgery may even be helpful for some patients with scoliosis.

    The spine care specialists of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota are pleased to offer Mazor robot-assisted surgery to patients in the Bradenton and Venice areas, and beyond. If you have a question about our spine care services, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1596.

    Tips for Preventing Stroke

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and approximately 700,000 new or recurrent strokes occur each year. Fortunately, you can control some of your risk factors by eating a healthier diet.

    This video explores how potassium can protect against the occurrence of stroke. According to studies published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a 1,600 mg per day higher potassium intake was associated with a 21% lower risk of stroke. These findings support recommendations for higher consumption of potassium-rich foods, like fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, oranges, beet greens, beans, and dates are all great sources of potassium and should be included in your diet.

    For more information about stroke prevention and treatment, contact the dedicated stroke unit at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota by calling (888) 685-1596. The Doctors Hospital Stroke Center has been certified by the Joint Commission, demonstrating that our program complies with the highest national standards for safety and patient care. Visit our website to read all about our trained stroke team, serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

    Surviving Strokes: A Recipe for Recovery

    Last updated 4 years ago

    When a patient suffers a stroke, fast treatment is the initial focus. More and more brain cells die with every passing second, so getting a stroke victim stabilized in the emergency room is the first order of business. However, once the stroke is over, the discussion turns to recovery. Stroke recovery is different for each patient, as it depends on the nature and severity of the damage sustained. Patients may need help with everything from speech to walking. The Stroke Center at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota can help with vital stroke care during the attack and a rehabilitation plan afterwards. Strokes strike 700,000 victims each year, so please share this vital information about recovery with as many people as you can. 

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