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Pancreas Cancer

Lee Health: Pancreatic Center of Excellence

The Lee Health Cancer Institute is dedicated to providing exceptional care for pancreatic cancer patients. We bring together a multidisciplinary team for comprehensive services and treatments personalized for each patient. With cutting-edge technologies and a patient-centered approach, we strive to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.

What is pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer occurs when cells multiply out of control and a mass of tissue grows within the pancreas. Sometimes this mass is benign (not cancerous) or can become malignant (cancerous). 

There are two types of tumors that can grow in the pancreas: exocrine and neuroendocrine tumors. About 93% of all pancreatic tumors are exocrine tumors, and the most common kind of pancreatic cancer is called adenocarcinoma.

What are the symptoms of pancreas cancer?

Your doctor might suspect pancreatic cancer if you have some symptoms and you’ve recently developed diabetes or pancreatitis — a painful condition due to the inflammation of the pancreas. Most people don’t experience early signs of pancreatic cancer. As the disease progresses, however, people may notice:

  • Blood clots in the body
  • New or worsening diabetes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Upper abdominal pain that may spread to the back
  • Loss of appetite
  • Light-colored poop
  • Dark-colored pee
  • Weight loss

Who does this cancer affect?

According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer represents approximately 3% of all cancers and 7% of all cancer deaths in the United States. It occurs slightly more often in men than in women.

How is pancreatic cancer treated?

Pancreatic cancer treatment depends on where the tumor is located, what stage it is in, how healthy you are, and whether or not the cancer has spread beyond the pancreas. 

When it is not detected early it tends to spread to nearby lymph nodes, then to the liver, and lungs. Even though pancreatic cancer has a poor survival rate, it can potentially be cured if detected and treated very early.

Whether you are coming from Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, or Port Charlotte, we are here to assist you in navigating the next steps of your treatment journey. 

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment in Fort Myers and Estero

The Lee Health Cancer Institute extends its support to patients across Florida, providing a wide range of comprehensive treatment options. Our team of highly skilled medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and surgical oncologists is dedicated to delivering exceptional care.

What are the stages of pancreatic cancer?

Pancreatic cancer is categorized into five different stages. Depending on the size and location of the tumor and whether or not cancer has spread to other areas.

  • Stage 0: Abnormal cells in the lining of the pancreas. The cells could become cancerous and spread to nearby tissue.
  • Stage 1: The tumor is in the pancreas.
  • Stage 2: The tumor is in the pancreas and has either spread to nearby tissues, organs, or lymph nodes.
  • Stage 3: Cancer has spread to major blood vessels near the pancreas. It may have also spread to nearby lymph nodes.
  • Stage 4: Cancer has spread to distant areas in the body, such as the liver, lungs, or abdominal cavity. It has possibly spread to organs, tissues, or lymph nodes near the pancreas.

Pancreatic Cancer Advancements

Pancreas Cancer Care Support Services

When facing a cancer diagnosis, it's crucial to have access to cancer support services. We are committed to being your trusted partner throughout your cancer journey, offering a wide range of services tailored to meet your unique needs.

  • Cancer Support Groups

    Cancer support groups are gatherings that provide a secure environment for those impacted by the disease to talk about their feelings and experiences with other cancer patients.

  • Clinical Trials

    Explore clinical trials at the Lee Health Cancer Institute and receive expert cancer care from our experienced team. Your participation can contribute to the future of others. Enroll in a clinical trial today.

  • 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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