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Cancers We Treat

Cancers We Treat in Fort Myers & Naples

We see you as more than just a cancer diagnosis — we see the journey you’re on and a brighter future together. We surround you with the best Lee Health cancer experts and compassionate cancer navigators who provide individual support and help coordinate every step of your care. Our resources are accessible and conveniently located for residents living near Cape Coral, Naples, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, and Bonita Springs.

We have access to the most advanced technology and treatment options, including immunotherapy, nuclear medical scan, PET scan, MRI-guided radiation therapy, minimally invasive surgery, and clinical trials. Our goal is to make you well again. The Lee Health Regional Cancer Center is here to help guide you through the next steps to treatment. Call the facility at 239-343-9500

Below is a listing of the most common cancer types that we see. For very rare cancers we will connect you with experts around the nation if necessary and coordinate the care that can be done locally.

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We are able to offer a comprehensive treatment options with our expert staff of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, and urologic oncologists at the Lee Health Regional Cancer Center.

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Breast cancer happens when a group of cells in our chest grow uncontrollably. Here you’ll find educational, medical, and awareness resources for Southwest Floridians diagnosed with breast cancer in our community. Our resources are accessible and conveniently located for residents living near Cape Coral, Naples, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, and Bonita Springs.

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At the Lee Health Regional Cancer Center, we detect, diagnose & treat lung cancer. We offer a lung cancer screening program to help with rehabilitation and follow-up care. Call 239-343-9500

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Physicians recommend a CT scan for lung cancer in current and former smokers. Our expert cancer team will provide quality treatment at the Lee Health Regional Cancer Center. For more information call our clinic: 239-343-LUNG (5864)

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Prostate cancers grows in men as they age and will require treatment. The Lee Health Regional Cancer Center is here to help guide you through the next steps to treatment. Call the facility at 239-343-9500

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Discover a pea sized lump on your testicle? Lee Health Regional Cancer Center can help with testicular cancer. Seminoma or non seminomas testicular cancer treatment in Fort Myers, FL.


Cervical Cancer

Most often occurring between the ages of 35-44, cervical cancer – which accounts for about 13,000 new cases each year – is one of the most successfully treatable cancers. The problem: Cervical cancer must be detected early for effective treatment, and the early stages often give off no symptoms. That’s why regular PAP tests combined with a test for human papilloma virus or HPV are essential. These tests should begin at age 21 and continue every three years through age 29. Risk factors include smoking, a compromised immune system, a diet low in fruits and vegetables, family history, and an HPV infection. Symptoms in a more advanced stage will include vaginal bleeding after intercourse, vaginal discharge, and pelvic pain during intercourse.

Colorectal Cancer

The third most common cancer for men and women in the United States, colorectal cancer is projected to cause about 51,000 deaths in 2019. But the American Cancer Society reports that the death rate for colorectal cancer has been dropping for several decades because of more awareness, earlier screenings, and better treatments. Symptoms include blood in the stool, a change in bowel habits, cramping, weakness, and fatigue. Bad diets, smoking, alcohol, and low physical activity may be causes of the disease, which can be found with a stool-based test or a colonoscopy.

Head and Neck Cancer

This broad category includes cancers of the mouth and tongue, the throat, the larynx (voice box), sinuses, and salivary glands. Two common risk factors for all of these, though, are smoking and alcohol use. You also face a higher risk if you have poor oral hygiene, worked with certain industrial materials, or have ever had the HPV virus. Be on the lookout for white or red patches in your mouth, sore throats that won’t heal, or difficulty swallowing. Head and neck cancers – which account for about 65,000 cases each year – are twice as common among men. Your doctor can find the disease with a variety of imaging and blood tests, and they encourage you to frequently visit your dentist.

Lymphoma

About 74,000 people will be diagnosed with lymphoma each year, and it is one of the most frequent cancers among children, teens, and young adults. But the American Cancer Society also reports that more than half of the patients are 65 and older. Lymphoma – the most common type of blood cancer -- strikes the immune system and causes swollen lymph nodes that you may notice in your armpit or throat. Other symptoms include chills, weight loss, swollen abdomen, and frequent infections. The good news? Progressive treatments and awareness put the five-year survival rate at about 85 percent.

Melanoma

The deadliest of skin cancers, melanoma now outpaces all other cancers with diagnosis rates steadily on the rise for the last 30 years, according to the American Cancer Society. The risk of melanoma increases as you age, and nearly 100,000 melanomas are projected to be diagnosed in 2019. That means you have to limit your exposure to sunlight and be sure to wear lots of sunscreen. Seek shade whenever possible and avoid tanning beds. You can strike the first blow against the disease and catch it early by regularly checking your skin for abnormal moles, growths, sores that won’t heal, itchiness, tenderness, or pain.

Ovarian Cancer

With nonspecific symptoms and no foolproof screening test, ovarian cancer often gets diagnosed at a later stage and is known as a silent killer. Historically, more women die from ovarian cancer than all other gynecologic cancers combined. Almost 14,000 women are projected to die in 2019. One problem: The non-specific symptoms -- bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and frequent urination -- may be confused for something else. Risk factors include age (most ovarian cancers develop after menopause), being overweight, and family history. Education, technology, and treatment have drastically altered the five-year survival rate – from a low of 12-15 percent to nearly 65 percent in recent years! In the past, most women had large operations, but now doctors perform less radical procedures and surgical or chemical treatments are more comfortable.

What Cancer Tests Can Be Done?

When a physician identifies a potential problem, he or she will order a number of diagnostic tests including:

  • Bone Marrow Biopsy: This procedure takes a sample of bone marrow to test for abnormalities. Bone marrow makes most blood cells, such as red and white blood cells and platelets. Technicians perform the biopsy by inserting a needle into the bone (usually the hip) and removing the marrow sample during a sterile procedure.
  • CT Scan (Computed Axial Tomography): A CT takes pictures of the inside of the body. This painless, radiographic technique produces a film that represents a detailed cross-section of tissue structure.
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): A MRI uses a strong magnetic field and a computer to take pictures of the body. MRI is especially useful in evaluating the brain, neck, spinal cord and blood vessels.
  • Nuclear Medical Scan: This technique uses an injected radioactive material and a scanner to determine the size, shape, location and function of various organs, structures and body parts. 
  • PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography): A PET scan looks at different parts of the body to see how they are working. PET scans check blood flow and how well the tissues in that area of the body use oxygen and food.
  • Scintigraphy: The radiographic procedure determines lymph node involvement with a primary tumor. We inject a radiographic isotope around the tumor and then take an image after it has traveled to the lymph node group that serves as its primary drainage.