Cancer Treatments

Cancer Patients Living with Lymphedema

Many cancer patients may find themselves dealing with a lifelong side effect. Lymphedema is extreme swelling that comes as a result of lymph node damage. It can show up at any time

Radiation Therapy: Better Care in Less Time

For patients whom have to undergo radiation therapy, the visits can become numerous, but new cutting edge technology here in South-West Florida is reducing their sessions dramatically.

Why is it so Hard to Cure Cancer?

We have harnessed electricity, sequenced the human genome, and eradicated smallpox. But after billions of dollars in research, we haven’t found a solution for a disease that affects more than 14 million people and their families at any given time. Why is it so difficult to cure cancer?

What causes cancer and how is it treated?

One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer. But what is cancer? Cancer experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) outline how cancer develops, the most common forms, how it’s treated and how to manage treatment side effects. They also discuss what the future holds for cancer treatment.

Targeted Cancer Therapy vs. Traditional Chemo


Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing residents like you with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries.

Cancer: Strides in Breast Cancer Research

Studies on the best use of genetic testing for breast cancer mutations continue. Scientists are exploring how common gene variations (small changes in genes that are not as significant as mutations) may affect breast cancer risk. Early stage breast cancer can be cured in most women. … However, it sounds like you are in a very early stage of the disease and you should have an extremely good chance of being cured. DCIS stands for ductal carcinoma in-situ, which means cancerous cells have started to grow within one of the milk-ducts of your breast. According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 27 percent of people in the United States live at least five years after being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Many factors can affect your chances of long-term survival.

Giving Cancer Patients Hope

It’s a common reaction people have after just a few minutes with Mackenzie Hummer. Mackenzie is awesome. Mackenzie has changed my life, said Armando Llechu, CAO of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The smile that she has is genuine. That’s the one thing that everybody that meets her, they comment about the smile. Just the joy. It’s so awesome to hear people say the joy they see coming out of her, because it’s her middle name, so I really believe that it was a God-given name, said Mackenzie’s mom, Carrie.

Does Traditional Chinese medicine Work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is not actual medicine, and should not be treated as such. It has more in common with Galen’s theory of the four humors than anything a doctor would recognize today. One of the themes of science-based medicine is to be suspicious of any form of medicine that is not science-based.

Friendship While Fighting Breast Cancer

If there is one thing you can learn from breast cancer, it is to allow each person the grace to be exactly who they are in the here and now – not who you wish they could be. … Don’t forget, although breast cancer may make you feel like you’ve lost some friends, you have most likely discovered new ones along the way.