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December 23, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Cancer Diagnosis  

Your skin biopsy is positive for cancer. Now, what do you do? At Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, Dr. Elizabeth Biggers, and Dr. Joel Biggers, and their staff walk with patients who have serious illnesses, such as cancer. With the emotional support and the coordinated health care you need, we will help you through your cancer diagnosis.

An integrated approach to cancer

Treating and beating cancer involves many people and medical disciplines. At Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, our professional team knows survivorship and living well during cancer treatment depends on shared decision-making. This involves primary care physicians, patients, family, and other health care providers. Research from the National Academy of Medicine proves it.

So, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers will talk with you about your particular cancer diagnosis and the care and options your oncology team provides. Whether surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or other treatments have been offered, our team will help you make sense of it all.

Caring for the rest of you

Just because you have cancer, the rest of your life--and your health care--don't stop. Dr. Biggers will continue to treat your other health conditions and manage any side effects of your cancer treatment.

For instance, many cancer patients require help with treatment-related:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Incisional pain
  • Anemia
  • Weight gain and loss
  • Appetite problems
  • Mobility issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Our team will help you stay at home, out of the hospital and emergency room. Your mental health requires maintenance, too, as cancer care often causes what physicians call psycho-social distress. Your friends at Biggers Family Medicine can refer you to professionals and support groups that help patients and their families through the emotional ups and downs of cancer.

Your preventive and acute care continues

As you partner with your oncologist in overcoming cancer, we will partner with you in routine medical care to include:

  • Monitoring of vital signs, weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar
  • Administering vaccinations when appropriate
  • Managing routine medications and therapies
  • Screening for other cancers, such as breast and colon
  • Providing acute care for colds, flu, rashes, sprains, UTis, and more

You are not alone

At Biggers Family Medicine, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers care for you as a whole person. That's the heart of osteopathic and holistic medicine. So, come to us with your cancer diagnosis. Were here for you, Contact our Brandon, FL, office at (813) 655-4646.

July 22, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Proper Weight   Weight  

Maintaining a proper weight is essential for your health. It can even help you prevent and control various medical conditions and diseases. If you live in Brandon FL, Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers can help you maintain good health and proper weight. At Biggers Family Medicine, we provide medical treatment for the whole family. Read on to learn what you can do to manage your weight.

Eat the Right Foods

A huge part of managing your weight is eating the right foods. Aim to eat foods that keep you feeling full. Foods high in fiber like fruits and vegetables help stave off hunger. Other high-fiber foods include whole grains and lean protein. If you live in Brandon FL, talk with Dr. Joel Bigger or Dr. Elizabeth Bigger to learn more about healthy eating plans.

Watch Your Carb Intake

You can maintain a healthy weight if you watch the kind and amount of carbohydrates you consume daily. Fruit juice, white bread, and white pasta are refined carbs. These kinds of carbohydrates cause weight gain. Stick with fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains. These complex carbs contain high amounts of fiber. They also digest more slowly, which makes you feel full longer.

Eat the Right Kinds of Late-Night Snacks

Eating unhealthy snacks late at night can cause you to eat even when you don't feel hungry. Eventually, it will lead to weight gain. If you find yourself hungry at night, choose snacks with high amounts of fiber and protein.

Exercise Regularly

Doctors recommend that you get thirty minutes of exercise five days a week to stay healthy. If you want to lose weight, you need to spend more time engaged in physical activity. Whether you head to the gym, go outside for a walk, or exercise with an at-home exercise video, physical activity is important if you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Schedule an Appointment

If you live in Brandon FL, schedule an appointment with us at Biggers Family Medicine. We can help you with your overall health and your goal of reaching and maintaining a proper weight. Schedule your appointment today. Call us at 813-655-4646.

By Biggers Family Medicine, P.A.
July 21, 2020
Category: Family Medicine

An annual women's exam offers a simple way to protect your health and discuss issues or symptoms that may concern you. Your Brandon FL primary care physicians, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers, provide the exams at Biggers Family Medicine.

The Benefits of Women's Health Exam

Changes in your health aren't always obvious but can cause serious illness if they're aren't detected and treated promptly. When you visit your primary care physician every year for a well-care exam, your doctor will check for signs and symptoms that can occur if you have breast, uterine or ovarian cancer; gynecological conditions; infections; and sexually transmitted diseases.

Annual exams are recommended for women who are 21 and over. Although you may visit the doctor other times during the year if you're ill or injured, these visits focus solely on your injuries or symptoms. Well-woman visits are designed to evaluate the unique health problems that can affect women throughout their lives.

During your visit to the Brandon FL primary care office, you'll discuss your medical history, risk factors for diseases, previous pregnancies, contraception choices, and lifestyle factors that may affect your health.

Your doctor can help you handle the changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause, order blood tests and mammograms, and discuss the management of endometriosis and other chronic gynecological conditions.

What Happens During Your Exam?

Your visit may include:

  • Examinations: Breast examinations can detect lumps that might occur if you have breast cancer. (Lumps are often non-cancerous but must be evaluated to determine if treatment is needed). During your pelvic examination, your doctor will look for abnormalities, such as abnormal discharge, rashes, warts, fibroids, sores, lumps, or cysts.
  • Pap Test: Pap tests detect abnormal cells in your cervix that may or may not be cancerous. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women 21 to 29 need a Pap test every three years, and women 30 to 65 should have a Pap test and human papillomavirus (HPV) test every five years or a Pap test every three years. You probably won't need a pap test if you're over 65.
  • Screenings: Your weight and blood pressure will also be measured during your examination. Even slightly high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart and kidney disease. If you do have high blood pressure, your doctor can recommend lifestyle changes or medication.

Have you scheduled your annual woman's exam? Call your primary care physicians in Brandon FL, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers, at (813) 655-4646 to schedule your appointment.

By Biggers Family Medicine, P.A.
July 08, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: mental health  

Emotional well-being is significant because it permits you to live completely. You see individuals unmistakably, and you can convey your needs and desires to other people. The capacity to assemble connections and create support groups corresponds to better physical wellbeing and improved personal satisfaction. Therapists by and large concur that there are a few things that an individual should be sincerely and mentally satisfied in this life. Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL is the ideal spot to share any psychological well-being matter with your primary care physician. Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are here for you.

Talk to Someone

Once you meet with a physician in primary care, you will get referred to a specialist to talk about your concerns. Individuals who are in emotional torment or have suffered trauma, and lamentably have not had the option to get satisfactory treatment, are bound to encounter these equivalent injuries once more. Patients that experience injury from parental figures and caregivers unwittingly distrust those in power and react to life occasions in a manner that reproduces the underlying injury. This affects a patient's earning potential, sexual coexistence, and other aspects of their life. It's one of the main reasons to talk to your primary care physician in Brandon.

More Empathy

We at Biggers Family Medicine can help. Psychological well-being can be accomplished by anyone. Basic activities like going out for a walk, drawing, conversing with a trusted companion or cherished relative, or tuning in to music can be alleviating to somebody who might be battling with a challenge to their existence. Significant life changes like death, divorce, moving out of the family home may call for additional help and compassion. These transitional stressors are just one of the many reasons to talk to your primary care physician in Brandon FL.

It's critical to visit a specialist who can point you in the correct direction. Emotional wellness often requires seeking and executing demonstrated treatments that help sadness, anxiety, and other mental concerns. Your primary care physician in Brandon FL is standing by. Contact (813) 655-4646 to plan an arrangement and keep up your bliss. Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers are professionals that can help.

May 13, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: Smoking  

Find out the many ways smoking can impact your overall health.

So, you’re thinking about quitting smoking, but you’re not sure where to begin. Our Brandon, FL, primary care physicians, Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers, are glad to hear that you want to ditch this seriously unhealthy habit. They can even provide you with programs, treatment options, and other recommendations to ensure that you finally kick smoking to the curb. Wondering why you should quit? Here are the many ways smoking can affect your health:

Smoking Affects Your Heart

Cigarettes have a profound effect on your cardiovascular health. For instance, smokers are far more likely to develop heart disease or experience a stroke than non-smokers. Smoking causes the blood vessels to thicken and narrow, which increases blood pressure and causes the heart to beat faster. You don’t even have to be a heavy smoker in order to develop heart disease (even less than five cigarettes a day is enough to increase your risk). After just one year of quitting you can cut your risk for coronary heart disease in half.

Smoking Damages Lungs

Smoking can cause long-term damage to the airways and increase the likelihood of dealing with conditions such as:

  • Chronic bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer

If you have asthma, just being around secondhand smoke alone can trigger an asthma attack. While smoking can cause detrimental effects to your respiratory system, the good news is that even in as little as one month after quitting, your lung function will improve. You may suddenly notice that it’s easier to take a full breath, you may not get as winded going up stairs or you may cough less.

Smoking Increases Your Risk for Cancer

Smoking isn’t just responsible for lung cancer, it can also increase your risk for developing cancer anywhere in the body including the liver, pancreas, stomach, colon, and esophagus. Smoking also increases your risk for cancer-related death. Fortunately, by quitting smoking, you can reduce your risk for different cancers including lung cancer. In as little as five years, your risk for certain cancers, such as esophagus and mouth cancer, are cut in half, and cervical cancer risk is the same as a non-smoker.

Prioritize Your Health

Stub that cigarette out and take control of your life; it’s never too late. If you are dealing with any health concerns or issues, know that the team at Biggers Family Medicine are still here for you, even during these challenging times. We can provide drive-up appointments to minimize exposure and to keep patients healthy. To schedule an appointment please call (813) 655-4646.