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For women who have undergone breast cancer treatment, coping with the Florida heat can be a challenge.

According to Dr. Constantine Mantz, a radiation oncologist for 21st Century Oncology, this can be due to the medication Tamoxifen that blocks estrogen from binding to breast cancer cells and stops the growth of breast tumors.

“Tamoxifen is prescribed for women with breast cancers that have been tested positive for sensitivity to estrogen and is used to help prevent recurrence for curative cases and to slow down progression of breast cancer that has already spread,” Mantz said.

“The current recommendation for curative patients taking Tamoxifen is to continue the drug for 10 years. Some of the side effects include hot flashes and night sweats. Hot flashes can manifest due to an increased response of the blood vessels dilating and bringing large volumes of blood to the skin. This can cause intense warmth, profuse sweating and rapid heartbeat. For the patient, it feels like a wave of heat washing over them.”

To help decrease hot flashes and night sweats, Mantz advises avoiding spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol. He recommends eating lighter meals, getting into an exercise regimen with a certified trainer and keeping the body temperature regulated in a cool atmosphere.

Stan Ellis, president of D&D Air Conditioning in Fort Myers, agrees with the importance of keeping breast cancer patients cool.

“Women and men undergoing breast cancer treatment can be extraordinarily sensitive to heat and it is warm in Southwest Florida over 10 months out of the year,” he said.

“For maximum comfort, air conditioners need to be working properly. This can include getting regular checks, cleaning and replacing the filter and making sure the outdoor coil is cleaned and the indoor coil is inspected.” This check will result in air maintaining ambient temperature that will be a help in keeping hot flashes at bay, he stated.

Mantz adds that breast cancer patients undergoing radiation can also experience skin irritation and sensitivity for three to six weeks. He advises patients to apply moisturizer to the breast two to three times a day during treatment to help with dryness and peeling.

He states patients should avoid sun exposure of the treatment area during therapy and to apply Vaseline to the area before swimming to protect the skin from chlorinated water.

Mantz said that after treatment, patients should apply a sunblock of at least SPF 30 over the treated area.

To assist with the discomfort experienced by those undergoing breast cancer treatment and to show their support, D & D Air Conditioning and Heating will be providing air conditioning checkups for clients of Partners for Breast Cancer Care Inc.

Partners for Breast Cancer Care is a community funded nonprofit organization that helps Lee County residents with low income and no health insurance get breast screening and diagnostic testing including mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies and surgery. The program is funded by grants and donations from Southwest Florida residents.

“We want to help breast cancer patients in this time of need by providing free air conditioning check-ups to ensure their system is operating at peak performance,” Ellis said. “We want them to know we care and want them to focus their energy on healing.”

In the view of Janet Darnell, director of Partners for Breast Cancer Care, “There are many people in Southwest Florida who are dealing with breast cancer. This diagnosis can be overwhelming as they have so much to handle with securing treatment, caring for their families and managing their finances. This type of gift is welcome during this stressful time. We will be sending out letters to clients informing them this service is available.”

In addition to providing the air conditioning system check-ups for clients of Partners for Breast Cancer Care, D&D will be decorating their trucks with #GoPink graphics and pink ribbons, as well as having all company service techs wear pink shirts throughout October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For information about donating to this cause go to www.ddgopink.com or call Partners for Breast Cancer Care at (239) 454-8583.

To show support for those undergoing breast cancer treatment, D & D Air Conditioning and Heating will be providing air conditioning checkups for clients of Partners for Breast Cancer Care Inc. through Oct. 31.

Partners for Breast Cancer Care is a community funded nonprofit organization that helps Lee County residents with low income and no health insurance get breast screening and diagnostic testing including mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies and surgery. The program is funded by grants and donations from Southwest Florida residents.

“Women and men undergoing breast cancer treatment can be extraordinarily sensitive to heat. In Southwest Florida, it’s warm here for over 10 months out of the year. It is important that these people stay cool and comfortable,” said Stan Ellis, president of D & D Air Conditioning and Heating.

“We want to help them in this time of need by providing free air conditioning check-ups to ensure their system is operating at peak performance. We want them to know we care and want them to focus their energy on healing,” Ellis said.

According to Janet Darnell, director of Partners for Breast Cancer Care, “There are many people in SWFL who are dealing with breast cancer. This diagnosis can be overwhelming as they have so much to handle with securing treatment, caring for their families and managing their finances. This type of gift is welcome during this stressful time.”

“We will be sending out letters to clients in October informing them this service is available,” she said.

In addition to providing the air conditioning system check-ups for clients of Partners for Breast Cancer Care, D & D Air Conditioning and Heating will also be decorating its trucks with Go Pink graphics and pink ribbons during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Also, all company service techs will be wearing pink shirts throughout October.

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The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce will host Wake Up Naples at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 14 at the Hilton Naples. Registration begins at 7 a.m. During the event, NCH Healthcare System President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Allen Weiss will present “Blue Zones Project Initiative: The Making of SWFL’s Healthiest Region.” Cost to attend is $25 for members in advance registration and $35 for nonmembers and members at the door. Reservations are required online by noon on Oct. 9 at www.napleschamber.org/events. A limited number of exhibitor tables are available for $125. Event admission for exhibitor tables is included.

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D & D Air Conditioning and Heating is providing air-conditioning checkups for clients of Partners for Breast Cancer Care Inc. until Oct. 31 in support of those undergoing breast cancer treatment. In addition, the company will be decorating work trucks with Go Pink graphics and pink ribbons during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Company service techs will be wearing pink shirts throughout October. For more information, visit www.ddgopink.com.