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Cancers We Treat in Southwest Florida

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 scans, PET scans, MRI-guided radiation therapy, minimally invasive surgery, and clinical trials. Our goal is to make you well again.

Cancer Types Expert Treatment

At the Lee Health Cancer Institute we provide specialized care for a wide range of cancer types, including breast, lung, prostate, colorectal, and more. 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.

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 sunscreens. 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.

Cancer Specialists Near You

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.

Learn More About Cancer Services

  • Chemotherapy and Infusion Services

    Lee Health Cancer Institute offers outpatient and inpatient chemotherapy and infusion services in Fort Myers, FL. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment please call 239-343-9500 

  • Nurse Navigation

    Lee Health Cancer Institute nurse navigators are here to help the patient and family through their cancer journey. From the moment of diagnosis to the treatment plan, our nurse navigators are here for you.

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    Services After Cancer Diagnosis

    The Regional Cancer Center provides specialized treatments and services for our patients