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    Importance of Early Detection in Breast Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 1 day 16 hours ago

    Aventura Hospital and Medical Center recommends monthly breast self-examinations, annual clinical examinations, and regular mammogram screenings for good reason. Research indicates that when these measures alert cancer care experts to the presence of breast cancer before it produces symptoms, doctors are generally able to provide more effective care and better treatment results. Given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, now is the perfect time to learn more about the benefits of early breast cancer detection.

    Less Aggressive Cancer Care

    Early detection of breast cancer can allow for swift medical intervention. The longer that breast cancer goes undetected, the greater the chance that it will invade more breast tissue and move beyond it to nearby organs and structures. Once breast cancer metastasizes, cancer care specialists will need to utilize more aggressive treatment options to address it. While contained cancer tumors may need only radiation therapy or surgery, widespread growth may demand chemotherapy, mastectomy, and other forms of treatment as well. Even with these additional measures, advanced breast cancer may be more difficult to eradicate.

    Fewer Treatment Complications

    Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and other forms of breast cancer treatment have been found to be highly effective in destroying cancerous growths. However, these methods can also produce side effects in some patients. Immunity issues, loss of appetite, and chronic fatigue are just some of the resulting complications that may arise because of cancer care. Some women who undergo chemotherapy may also experience cosmetic side effects such as hair loss. Mastectomy can affect the appearance and self-confidence of breast cancer patients as well. To provide the exceptional level of care that breast cancer patients deserve while minimizing unwanted complications, cancer care experts urge the importance of regular screenings for breast cancer.

    Are you due for your next clinical examination or mammogram? If so, call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at (305) 921-0492 to speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse associates. Our registered nurses in the greater Miami area can help you learn more about our diagnostic oncology services. 

    What Is Spinal Stenosis?

    Last updated 4 days ago

    The spinal column houses a complex network of bones, connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels that together protect the spinal cord and provide support for the body. In some cases, the spinal cord and root nerves can be put under excessive pressure from surrounding structures, a painful condition called spinal stenosis. Fortunately, the spinal services available at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can alleviate this problem.

    Symptoms

    The spinal cord and the nerves protruding from it can be sensitive to outside forces. If nearby bones, discs, or muscles place excessive pressure on nerve tissue, it can cause extensive pain in the spinal column. Depending on the location of the spinal stenosis, discomfort might arise in areas of the body beyond the spinal column as well. For instance, the limbs might lose sensation or become weak. Advanced spinal stenosis might also impact certain bodily functions, including urinary control.

    Causes

    Spinal stenosis can develop from any number of conditions. Injuries that result in herniated discs or fractured vertebrae often bring on this problem. If the interior of an intervertebral disc extends far enough to touch the spinal cord, it can affect the functions that particular bundle of nerves controls. Bone breaks along the spinal column can also collapse the spinal canal and cause spinal stenosis. In addition, degenerative disc disease can gradually eliminate the space in the spinal canal that the spine and protruding nerves need for proper function.

    Treatment Options

    Treatment choices for spinal stenosis depend upon the cause of the condition. Injuries such as broken vertebrae or disc herniation may require only rest and restricted motion so that those structures can heal and reduce pressure on the spinal cord. Physical therapy can also help to alleviate pain and dysfunction suffered as the result of spinal stenosis. When conservative treatment options fail to remedy symptoms, surgery may prove the best choice for long-term pain relief and recovery.

    Do you suspect that you might have spinal stenosis? For information on our Orthopedic & Spine Institute’s comprehensive evaluation services, call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at (305) 921-0492. Our Miami-area hospital can quickly and effectively address your concerns and get you back on the path to complete health.

    Food Safety During Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Cancer and its treatment can suppress the immune system, making cancer patients more vulnerable to other illnesses. This is why proper food preparation is integral to the health of cancer patients.

    This video offers tips on keeping food free from germs that could cause complications for those with cancer. Because fluids from meat products can contaminate other types of food, never use the same cutting board for produce and meat. Making sure that all meats are cooked to their recommended temperatures can also lower the risk of food-related illnesses. Consistent hand washing is another critical action that everyone in contact with cancer patients and their food should take.

    Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers comprehensive cancer care services for our patients. Call (305) 921-0492 today to learn more about our treatment options for Miami and Hallandale Beach residents.

    An Overview of Joint Health and Care

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Do you worry about arthritis? Though this condition is common among seniors, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center stresses that anyone can lower their risk of severe arthritis. Lifestyle habits can play a critical role in the onset of arthritis, which is why it is never too soon to start practicing the right behaviors for good joint health and care.

    Weight Supervision

    Though the joints of the body can withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure, excessive weight can contribute to their premature deterioration. The joints of the lower back, hips, and knees in particular can begin to break down when forced to carry too much weight. For this reason, one of the best ways to prevent arthritis or alleviate its symptoms is to start a weight loss program, especially if overweight or obesity issues are a concern. Maintaining a healthy weight throughout adulthood can likewise lower your chances of developing arthritis later in life.

    Physical Fitness

    Regular exercise can make it easy for you to maintain a healthy weight. However, working out can provide far more benefits than just burning calories. Safe and consistent movement of the joints can also keep them in their best shape. Even for individuals who may already be experiencing painful or stiff joints, working out is proven to strengthen the muscles around the joints and help alleviate pressure on them. When done under the supervision of your doctor, physical activity can help you prevent arthritis discomfort and joint dysfunction.

    Diet Management

    Keeping your calorie consumption in a healthy range can likewise help you avoid weight problems that may later bring on joint issues. Maintaining a healthy weight through a nutritious diet is only one reason to eat wholesome foods. When you create meals rich in vitamins and minerals, you also provide your body with more resources for proper function. Every cell in your body, including those that make up your joints, requires vitamins and minerals so that they can remain healthy and strong.

    Are you suffering from join pain? Aventura Hospital and Medical Center houses an orthopedic department that can help you enjoy a pain-free future. For more information on our community hospital’s services in the Miami area, call (305) 921-0492.

    Scheduling Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy

    Last updated 16 days ago

    A prostatectomy to remove a cancerous prostate gland is sometimes necessary for treatment and recovery. Yet as integral as prostatectomy can be to a man’s health, it is also a complex surgical procedure. The proximity of the prostate gland to other structures can make it difficult to remove without complications such as urinary dysfunction or blood loss. However, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy can effectively remove the cancerous gland without many of these postoperative side effects. Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy relies on the use of a small camera and robotic tools so that surgeons can make smaller incisions at the surgical site. Guided by audio cues, the robotic tools can perform the surgery with less potential trauma to nearby tissues. This innovative surgical option often results in fewer unwanted side effects and faster healing periods for patients.

    Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is proud to have Arnon Krongrad, MD, as part of our cancer care team. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, now is the time to talk with Dr. Krongrad about your treatment options. Call us today at (305) 921-0492 to learn more about our laparoscopic radical prostatectomy services for Miami-area patients.




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