Benefits of Robotic Surgery

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When most people learn that they must undergo surgery, they tend to become a little apprehensive. While all surgeries come with some degree of risk, advanced medical technology has made surgery safer and more effective than ever before. Today, the surgeons at JFK Medical Center are performing numerous successful surgeries with the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System.

During robotic surgery, surgeons use computers and machinery to manipulate versatile and precise instruments. Instead of relying on their own limited vision, surgeons use a highly detailed three-dimensional visualization of the operation site. This allows surgeons to get a better anatomical view of the patient, and reduces the chances of surgical complications. Robotic surgeries require smaller incisions than traditional surgery, which in turn reduces the patient’s blood loss and recovery time. Robotic surgery lends itself particularly well to gynecological and urological procedures.

If you have any questions about robotic surgery, call JFK Medical Center at (561) 548-3553. In addition to our main campus, we have two off-site ERs that provide swift and effective emergency care services. Visit our website to learn more about how we can improve your health.    


An Introduction to Radiation Therapy

Though there is still no simple cure for cancer, careful treatment can help reduce and reverse the disease’s growth. Radiation therapy, which involves beams of energy that kill cancer cells, has helped thousands of patients combat cancer and find the road to recovery. JFK Medical Center offers radiation therapy for those with cancer, and we at The JFK Comprehensive Cancer Center is always available to provide information on this treatment method. 

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Uses

More than half of all cancer patients opt for some form of radiation therapy, making it one of the most common cancer treatments. Radiation therapy is often used to shrink the size of a tumor so it can be removed during surgery. It may also be used to destroy remaining cancer cells or halt the spread of cancer after surgery.

Benefits

Radiation therapy is a popular cancer treatment option because it focuses on cancer cells and does minimal damage to normal, healthy cells. Patients also find that radiation therapy has fewer and less intense side effects than chemotherapy, though the two treatment methods are often combined.

Procedure

Radiation therapy can be either externally or internally administered. External beam radiation involves the use of CyberKnife or a high-precision accelerator to apply radiation directly to the cancer site. Internal radiation therapy, also known as brachytherapy, involves the implantation of tiny radioactive seeds into a tumor. These seeds are carefully designed to provide just the right dose of radiation.

Side Effects

The side effects you experience depend on which part of the body is being treated with radiation. Regardless of the treatment area, many patients experience itching, dryness, or other skin changes. Some patients also experience diarrhea, nausea, loss of libido, and urinary issues. Most side effects should disappear within two months after the end of treatment.

For help determining whether radiation treatment is right for you, talk to your doctor or call The JFK Comprehensive Cancer Institute at (561) 548-3553. Our compassionate medical staff offers several cancer treatment options for residents in the Atlantis area. If you have any more questions about radiation therapy, consider using our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral Line.


Symptoms of Heart Attack

Heart disease is the number one killer of American men and women. If you suspect that you are suffering a heart attack, it’s important that you get to the emergency room right away.

In this video, Dr. Travis Stork of TV’s “The Drs.” discusses some common symptoms of heart attacks. He says that chest pain is the most common symptom, though individuals may also experience shortness of breath, nausea, or sweating. Heart attack symptoms in women are even more subtle, and sometimes include arm pain, jaw pain, or general weakness. Dr. Stork says when in doubt, get it checked out.

JFK Medical Center offers residents of Palm Beach County high-quality cardiac and emergency care. To schedule an appointment with an experienced cardiologist, don’t hesitate to call us at (561) 548-3553. 


Major Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and more than 50,000 people died from it. Though men can develop breast cancer, women are 100 times more likely to have the disease. You may not be able to avoid a breast cancer, but you can be better prepared for it by determining your level of risk. If one or more of the following risk factors apply to you, ask a doctor at JFK Medical Center about diagnostic imaging

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Family History of Cancer

Studies have shown that some people have a genetic predisposition to developing breast cancer. If you’re not sure of your family’s history of the disease, ask around. If you have a family history of breast cancer, consider starting your annual mammograms early.

Starting Menopause Late

Breast cancer and menstruation are closely linked. Women who began menstruating before the age of 12 or began menopause after 55 are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer. This is because women who menstruate longer have higher cumulative estrogen exposure, and estrogen is instrumental in the development of breast cancer.  

Getting Older

While breast cancer can develop in women in their 20s, women over 40 most commonly develop the disease. For this reason, doctors recommend that women get annual mammograms beginning at age 40. Women with multiple risk factors might get mammograms even earlier of consider supplementary diagnostics.  

Lifestyle Factors

Many breast cancer risk factors are fully within a woman’s control. For instance, women who smoke have a higher chance of developing breast cancer than non-smokers. Alcohol consumption, poor diet habits, and a lack of exercise can further contribute to a woman’s risk.

Having risk factors does not mean that you will definitely get breast cancer, nor does their absence preclude you from cancer development. For help determining your risk, schedule an appointment at The Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center. You can call us at (561) 548-3553 or visit our website to learn about our breast health services.


How to Help Someone Get Through a Seizure

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While a seizure can be a frightening experience to watch, there are several steps you can take to assist a friend or loved one during a seizure. Seizures vary in severity and duration. If you notice a seizure has lasted longer than three minutes, seek emergency medical care immediately. Because a seizure interrupts muscle control and often causes convulsions or unconsciousness, a person experiencing one cannot control their movements. Move furniture or other dangerous objects out of the way and guide a person to the floor rather than allowing them to fall. While you may have seen actors in television shows try to place objects into a seizing person’s mouth, you should never try this. Instead, try to roll their body to the side or tilt their head so any saliva or vomit will not block their airway. Do not hold a seizing person down, as you may cause injury to them or yourself.

When emergency care is needed, JFK Medical Center’s main campus ER and two off-site ERs provide immediate and effective medical treatment for seizures, injuries, illness, and more. Please call (561) 548-3553 or click through our website to learn more about how we can help in an emergency


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