21st Century Oncology and We Care of Lee County were featured in the Naples Daily News for their collaboration to treat cancer patients, regardless of their ability to pay. The following article ran in the Saturday, December 28 issue.
‘SAINTS IN HEALTH CARE”
Lee medical community rallies to provide care to needy without insurance
FORT MYERS — Kelly Cooney struggles to keep his spirits intact against pain and other symptoms from radiation and chemotherapy for tongue cancer.
His voice is a whisper. He’s dropped 27 pounds. But with no insurance, he’s grateful for the treatment that’s giving him a fighting chance. Continue reading “21st Century Oncology Featured in the Naples Daily News” »
Tips for healthy travel over the holiday
Posted by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn – December 19, 2013
“Pack, passage and plan” are three words that Dr. Charles Friedman recommends to patients getting ready to travel, especially during holiday seasons. Dr. Friedman, an anesthesiologist, knows something about pain as long-time Medical Director at Pain Relief Centers.
Let’s parse the 3 tips: first, pack. Too many people carry too-heavy bags, which wreak havoc on the body. “Your luggage can be a big part of a painful trip,” Dr. Friedman notes. “Having bags that are too heavy can really damage your joints and strain muscles along your spine.” Dr. Friedman’s prescription? Pack light and use a suitcase with wheels. “Avoid lifting your bags directly from the ground. For example, if you’re putting bags in an overhead bin, place it on the seat in front of you first then lift it above your head.” Lifting in stages can help avoid injury. Other tips for carrying one-strap bags are to switch off shoulders and balance the load.
Continue reading “Pain Relief Centers featured on HealthCare DIY” »
Crippling Headaches Torment a Local Woman For More Than 10 Years
A car accident more than 30 years ago changed the life of 64-year old Connie Jarvis.
She survived the wreck, but was plagued with relentless migraines for years. Some episodes lasted upwards of three days.
“I was not myself. I could not travel. I could not turn my head. I started getting depressed.” Jarvis said.
This September, Pain Awareness Month, Jarvis shares her story of struggle and survival to inspire those living in pain to and seek relief. Continue reading “Coastal Orthopedics Featured on 970 WFLA” »
MANATEE COUNTY, FL -The American Heart Association released new guidelines this week that recommend more Americans should be taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins.
The AHA estimated nearly 33 million adults should be on the drug to help prevent heart disease. It’s a big change over the current policy, which focuses on cholesterol level. Continue reading “Bay Area Cardiologist Explains New Statin Guidelines” »
Cardiologist Dr. Srini Iyengar from the Bradenton Cardiology Center discusses the complications stemming from diabetes. Diabetes increases your risk for many serious health problems and affects the entire body. Watch this video to hear more details!
Florida Regional Cancer Center Ocala has been acquired by 21st Century Oncology.
Radiation Therapy Services Inc. recently purchased OnCure Holdings Inc., which includes Florida Regional Cancer Center Ocala, for about $125 million, according to a corporate press release. RTS operates and manages cancer treatment centers under the name 21st Century Oncology.
The Ocala center will operate under the name 21st Century Oncology. The press release indicated existing patient treatment plans will not be disrupted. According to its website,www.21stcenturyoncology.com, 21st Century Oncology is based in Fort Myers, is physician-led and operates 165 treatment centers, including 132 centers in 16 U.S. states and 33 in Latin America.
- Richard Anguiano
Confronting Addiction in Pinellas
New specialized practice in Largo targets pain medication abuse and other addictions
Doctors Charles Friedman and Philip Bagenski opened Recovery Resources of Florida at the epicenter of an epidemic.
The new outpatient substance abuse treatment facility is designed to diagnose and treat patients in a holistic and comprehensive way, reversing the county’s worsening trend of addiction due to illicit drugs, alcohol and – most recently – prescription drugs.
“The substance abuse in Pinellas County is of epic proportions,” Friedman said.
The doctors come from different backgrounds. Bagenski has practiced internal medicine for more than a decade and, earlier in his career, had a personal struggle with addiction. Friedman has practiced pain management since opening his practice in 1992 and saw firsthand how the proliferation of pain clinics and pharmaceutical companies turned pain medicine into an addiction for many patients.
Friedman and Bagenski met while training in addiction medicine though a unique, year-long fellowship at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. During that fellowship, they recognized a shared goal to return to Pinellas and have an impact on a community struggling with addiction.
“There’s a lot of tragedy and sadness that goes along with addiction,” Bagenski said. “A lot of people die. Kids end up in situations they should not be in. We hope to be able to change some of that.”
Continue reading “Introducing Recovery Resources of Florida” »
Cancer survivor Julie Montgomery displays a wig and hats she wore during her cancer treatment Oct. 2 at the Cancer Support Center. Credit: Oscar Perez, Casa Grande Dispatch
Cancer Treatment Services of Arizona, a 21st Century Oncology affiliate, was featured in the Casa Grande Dispatch for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The following article appeared on the front page of the Sunday, October 13 issue.
Surviving Cancer: CG woman in remission
By CHRISTINA SAMPSON, Staff Writer
In June of 2011, Julie Montgomery found a lump in her right breast, leading her to make an appointment with her doctor. After a slew of other appointments, Montgomery officially was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in September.
“My tumor was the size of a hard-boiled egg,” Montgomery said.
The news was a shock to Montgomery because she did not have a family history of cancer.
“So when I was told, I was scared, shocked,” she said. “I cried.”
It wasn’t long, however, before Montgomery regrouped. She shook off her distress and told herself, “I need to get on with my life and just get through this as quickly as possible,” she said.