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Business Structure Evaluation Process Updates

We're currently conducting an evaluation of Lee Health's business structure. Explore all available documents and dive deeper into the process by learning more here. Lee Health’s Board of Directors invites you to a public hearing, set for Thursday, April 25th in the Community Room at Gulf Coast Medical Center, to discuss the ongoing evaluation of converting the health system to a community-focused nonprofit structure. Learn more details here.

Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

What is stomach cancer?

Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, is when cancer cells grow out of control in the stomach. In the U.S. the majority of stomach cancer cases involve abnormal cell growth.

If left untreated the cancerous cells form a tumor and can develop deeper into the stomach lining. The tumor may spread to nearby organs like the pancreas or liver. Typically this cancer affects men aged 60 to 80 years old. 

What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

In the early stages of stomach cancer, the symptoms can be difficult to pinpoint if it's cancerous. Typically more advanced symptoms show once cancer has developed along the stomach lining. Stomach cancer symptoms include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Feeling full after eating a small amount
  • Black and tarry stool or blood in stool 

Not all of these symptoms are directly associated with stomach cancer. There are numerous causes for various signs and symptoms, so it's crucial to keep in mind not to overreact. Instead, speak with a gastroenterologist, they can help guide you to treatment options.

How is stomach cancer diagnosed?

Once determined the symptoms are stomach cancer your doctor may use multiple tests and procedures to detect and diagnose stomach cancer. This may include:

What treatment options are available for stomach cancer?

Treatment options for stomach cancer depend on the location and stage of the cancer. Surgery is one of the main options to remove cancer and surrounding tissue.

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Tumor Removal
  • Upper Endoscopy
  • Gastrectomy (Partial or Total)

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Cancer Support Services

  • 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.

  • 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 

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    Palliative Care

    Palliative medicine supports your mind, body, and spiritual needs when you have a serious illness. When you need relief from pain and are faced with difficult decisions, our team of experts will work with you and your doctors as you navigate your illness.

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