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Health Matters: Lung Cancer Screening Program

It causes three times as many deaths as breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined. “If we identify something early, we can treat it and you can live,” said Bobbi Marino, a nurse navigator with the Lee Health lung cancer screening program and clinic. A new lung cancer screening program is identifying and regularly screening patients who may be at risk for developing lung cancer. “Patients don’t go to the doctor unless they have a sign and symptom. If they have a cough, if they’re coughing up blood, if they have unexplained weight loss, fatigue, appetite change, shortness...

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Health Matters: What is Giant Cell Arteritis?

It’s called giant cell arteritis. “Giant cell arteritis is inflammation of the lining of the arteries, and it mostly affects the cranial branches of the carotid arteries which are the arteries on the side of the neck. Very often involving the temple arteries, which run alongside the temple area, that’s why it’s also called temple arteritis as well,” explained Dr. Juan Bustillo, a rheumatologist with Lee Health. The autoimmune disease is more common in women between the ages of 70 and 80. “We know that the immune system attacks the inner lining of the arteries and causes an inflammation...

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Health Matters: Keeping Women Healthy

Offering education, support, and empowerment, it’s what Lee Health OB/GYN Dr. Cherrie Morris says she hopes to accomplish with every patient. “I’m thinking about what their specific needs are before I even see them. I look to see if the patient has been doing all the preventive screening things that are appropriate for their age group.” In addition to annual health screenings, Dr. Morris also encourages patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle. “There have been many studies that have shown that if your physicians talk to you about smoking cessation, for example, or weight loss, or increasing...

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Health Matters: The Importance of Annual Checkups

From your vision to your hearing, even your memory, Lee Health family medicine Dr. Ravi Ramaswami says annual physicals are a good opportunity for health experts to do an overall check of your health. “The term “physical” is a misnomer, it should actually be called preventive examination and the reason it’s important is that it’s not whatever is obtained in a physical exam on that particular day, it’s actually to prevent problems in the coming months or years.” Doctors say regardless of your age, it’s important to have a physical every year. “It goes all the way from children to adults...

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Lee Health opens COVID-19 vaccine appointments to general public

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Anyone aged 18 and up can now sign up online to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Lee Health. You do not have to be a Lee Health patient to get the vaccine, said the health care system. All vaccines will be administered at Gulf Coast Medical Center. Click here to register for a vaccine at Lee Health. After you sign up, you will be notified when the vaccine is available and you’ll be given a choice of time slots of available appointments, said Lee Health. If multiple brands of the COVID-19 vaccine are in stock, you will have the option of choosing which vaccine you...

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Lee Health expects a surge in COVID19 vaccine supply

LEE COUNTY, Fla.– Lee Health officials held a press conference on Friday morning about the COVID-19 vaccine. The President and CEO of Lee Health, Dr. Larry Antonucci, stressed the importance of people getting their shot. Dr. Antonucci said they are seeing younger people with COVID-19. He encouraged young adults to sign up for their shot. Lee Health officials said they support the J&J pause to allow more research to be done. If the CDC changes those guidelines, they do have 500 J&J doses in storage. For now, they are encouraging people to get Moderna or Pfizer. Next...

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Man struggles to get much needed blood transfusions as Lee Health faces shortage

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – William Alexander was recently diagnosed with bone marrow disease — an illness which has left him dependent on blood and platelet donations. Alexander must receive blood and platelet transfusions multiple times a week, but a blood shortage across the Lee Health system has his wife Nicole urging the community to donate as soon as possible. “There’s such a shortage that when the doctor orders him two units of blood, he cannot get two units because they have to ration it out,” Nicole said. Now going onto his fourth round of chemotherapy,...

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Volunteers can return to Lee Health

LEE COUNTY, Fla.– After a long absence during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers are slowly but surely returning to their posts at Lee Health. “It was March 12th, a year ago now that we had to suspend our program but I’m telling you, all the staff and leaders are so excited to welcome them back,” said Teresa Frank’Fahrner, Director of Volunteer Services at Lee Memorial. Volunteers will now have to attend “pandemic orientation.” Even with these new precautions, volunteers are just happy to be back. “I feel like a child would feel at Christmas because it was a long...

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