A Culture of Collaboration

By David Chesnick

Cancer isn't grounding these snowbirds. Treating them – and sometimes just keeping up with them – requires a coordinated effort.

FCS 004 C360 Summer2017WebCoverWhen snowbirds Jean Harnish and Linda Ann Turk flock to Florida in the winter, they don’t have the option of leaving their cancers in the cold. Their need for uninterrupted care relies on coordination between their oncologists in Florida and those “back home.”

According to Florida Cancer Specialists oncologist Dr. Daniel Spitz, who practices in West Palm Beach and Wellington, “It’s all about relationships.” Take, for example, Jean Harnish, a patient Dr. Spitz shares with Dr. Bruce Raphael at NYU’s Perlmutter Cancer Center.

Jean and her husband, Howard, are fairly typical snowbirds, spending winters in Boca Raton and summers in New York. It was while they were in Florida that Jean developed severe pain in her abdomen. Tests revealed a dangerously enlarged spleen, and her doctor suggested that she see an oncologist. Howard insisted that they go back to New York and see an oncologist there.

Read the full story in the Summer 2017 issue of FCS Cancer 360-Plus magazine

 


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