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Dr. Craig MacArthur

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Fort Myers, FL
35 years experience female

Locations

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida

Fort Myers, FL

Address

9981 S. HealthPark Drive, Suite 156, Fort Myers, FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Fax

(239) 343-5321

Insurances accepted

Aetna

AvMed Health Plan

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Florida

CHAMPUS

Amerigroup

Cigna

Prudential Insurance Company of America

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

Board certified in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, and Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. My medical practice is in a group practice in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. I also provide Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care services for our local Hospice

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Palliative/Hospice and Transitional Care

Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: Florida

Doctor Q&A

277 Answers
976 Agrees
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
No: Sickle cell trait is unlikely to be responsible for a traumatic knee injury. You should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to determine the type of... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Not likely: Cancerous lymph nodes typically are not painful and usually and frequently grow slowly. Infections of lymph nodes typically causes rapid onset of swel... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Maybe: Unless you have been recently transfused with large quantities of blood, the negative sickle prep test indicates that you do not have sickle cell trai... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Clinical / research: Pediatric hematologist/oncologists can perform full time clinical service in a group practice or in an academic center. They can perform clinical rese... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Yes: Platelet counts of 10, 000 are considered to be severe thrombocytopenia. There are several potential causes of thrombocytopenia that a hematologist c... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Infant demand: Infant's should feed on demand (they demand, you feed). Some parents are fortunate to have an infant that sleeps through the night. Many do not and t... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
No: They can be painful, but should not be hazardous to mother or infant from back of hip.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Yes: Prior to training to become a pediatric hematologist/oncologist (3 year fellowship), one must complete a pediatric residency (3 years after medical sc... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Most states do: As of 2011, 41 states allowed 16 year old blood donors with parental permission. To determine whether your state allows such donations, go the the web... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Discuss with doctor: I cannot find and am unaware of any issues of female hormone therapy and galactosemia. Some individuals with galactosemia have ovarian failure. The de... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Reputable college: Pediatric oncologists come from a variety of college backgrounds. Some attend large state universities. Others attend small liberal arts colleges. The... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
See answer: A pediatric oncology fellow is a doctor that is training to be a pediatric oncology specialist. The fellows are trained by the specialists in academic... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Brain tumor team: Pediatric neurosurgery operates on brain and spinal cord tumors. Pediatric general surgery operates on other parts of the body and usually places th... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Peds subspecialists: Pediatric neurology takes care of children with neurologic problems. Pediatric oncology takes care of children with blood and cancer problems. The... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
See doctor now: There are multiple possibilities, many severe and vision threatening. Please see a doctor immediately for evaluation.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Yes: I have taken care of children with primary nine cancers that had normal blood tests. X-rays were abnormal.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Sometimes: Stage 4 nb in children over 18 months of age is usually treated aggressively with chemotherapy, then surgery. This is followed with consolidation wit... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Not usually: Some medications used in sickle cell anemia, like Exjade for iron overload chelation, and Hydroxyurea used to minimize painful crises can cause hair l... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Probably: We do not fully understand all of the causes of sickle cell pain crises. Dehydration and acidosis are tow known contributors. Physical exertion can le... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Not known : It is not known whether use in pregnancy can cause cancer in the offspring; however, there is ample evidence that neuropsychiatric outcomes in offspri... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
I do not recommend: G6pd exists in different forms with different severity. Mild forms of the condition might tolerate soya bean oil where severe forms of the disease pro... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Soon enough: Male puberty can begin at 11-12 years of age, but the process typically last 5-7 years, longer than the process in females.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Likely virus: Fever with subsequent diarrhea is suggestive of enterovirus infection. As long as your daughter is not vomiting and is able to maintain hydration, the... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Yes.: Some radiation oncologists treat both adults and children, but there are radiation oncologists at children's hospitals that treat children exclusively... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Need more info: None of these labs being higher than normal value are clinically problematic. You did not say why the labs were done; i assume you must have an abnorm... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Can't know answer: This is difficult to say with certainty. Patients that have wbc's as high as yours are critically ill at the time of diagnosis. Factors that would in... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Probably not: Your symptoms are more suggestive of ibd (inflammatory bowel disease, or crohn's disease) rather than ibs (irritable bowel syndrome). Other less likel... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Likely, not absolute: Sickle cell negative can mean that a sickle prep test was performed and no sickle hemoglobin was identified. Alternatively, a hemoglobin electrophores... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
No worries: Sometimes, very small gray-blue spots can appear on the white portion of the eye known as the sclerae. This is a harmless condition called scleral mel... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Probably not: The hemoglobin of 11.8 g/dl is slightly low for a 40 year old female. The RDW is slightly high high and the MCH is low normal. Causes could be mild ir... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Yes: 37.6 degrees c is not a fever to a pediatrician. From a fever standpoint, the patient is improved. I would expect the ear pain to improve within the n... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Plenty: Pediatric hematologist/oncologists diagnose and treat children and young adults with blood diseases and cancers. They typically coordinate multidiscip... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
See doctor or ED: Your daughter needs medical evaluation. Although unlikely, appendicitis or other serious condition may exist requiring surgical intervention. More lik... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
No: Directions for caladryl indicate not for anal use. Preparation h or anusol would be a better option.
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A member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
See your doctor: The symptoms that you describe may be a bacterial infection for which antibiotic therapy may be necessary.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
See doctor: You do not have a simple cold with those symptoms and duration of those symptoms.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Not skin-but blood: Hypochromic microcytic anemia is a blood disorder that typically occurs due to iron deficiency, but may also be seen with some genetic conditions know... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Very accurate: Ct scan of the abdomen in adults is very sensitive method to identify pancreatic abnormalities.
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A male asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Infection or IBD: The possibilities for cryptitis (inflammation of crypts in the intestinal tract, usually colon) are infection and inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerati... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
In general sense: Only in a general sense. If you have IgM antibody for either CMV or EBV, then the infection was relatively recent. If IgM is negative and IgG is posit... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Need more info: You do not say for how long the pain has been present. If a week or less it is most likely a muscle strain. If longer than a week then there are more... Read More
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A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Surgery not helpful: Your wife has metastatic RCC and has poor performance status. Surgery is likely not an option because it cannot remove all of the metastatic disease, ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Special nurse: The pediatric oncology nurse is a nurse that provides care for childhood cancer patients and children with blood conditions. Many have special trainin... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Pediatric cancer: If the patient has a typical pediatric cancer, then treatment by a pediatric oncologist at a children's hospital would be warranted.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
They cause cancer: Carcinogens are chemicals that have been shown to cause cancer in animal models, or mutations in dna in laboratory testing.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Long time: 4 years of college (can major in anything, but must meet science and math requirements to enter medical school). 4 years of medical school (MD or DO)... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Hydroxyurea: The use of Hydroxyurea in sickle cell anemia has been shown to decrease the frequency / severity of painful crises. Regular follow-up with physicians... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Beta globin : The beta globin gene is on chromosome 11. The gene mutation is a Adenosine to thymine base substitution in the gene that changes the normal glutamic a... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Why?: Why do you ask? There are no specific blood tests for cancer. Blood counts can be done to evaluate for leukemia and other tumors that have replaced n... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Radiology and blood: We use radiology tests including mri, ct, ultrasound, x-rays, blood tests, and microscopes to diagnose and treat patients.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. MacArthur is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. MacArthur is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks, this was my first I.T without sedation, (my 23rd overall), and its the first time ive ever had a persistant headache afterwards. Good to know.
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I'm using Ear Wax Removal drops that cost $10, could that help? When I first used them they made a sizzling sound in my ear Thanks Doctor:D
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Thank you for your response. It was very helpful and reassuring. After going through leukemia scare, it's easy to get anxious about things!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1987MD

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

CHILDREN'S HOSP OF LOS ANGELES
Completed 1989

Awards

Assistant Professor 1994-1999
2012- 2014 Castle & Connolly's America's Top Doctors List (annual)
Top Doctor, Third Place, Fort Myers Region, FL - Summer
2013

Affiliations

ASPHO
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