Dr. Ayesha Cheema is a Primary Care Doctor with Mercy Personal Physicians at Columbia. She offers experienced and thoughtful primary care for adults of Howard County.
Mercy’s team of breast surgeons and breast cancer specialists in Baltimore help women determine the best breast cancer treatment options available to them.
Mercy's renowned breast center offers award-winning care and Board Certified doctors. The Breast Center's comprehensive care is designed for women undergoing the journey to overcome breast disease.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
At The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy in Baltimore, a team of GI specialists works to diagnose and treat stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer. Patients seek Mercy’s team of doctors, who are highly trained in gastroenterology, for their expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases.
Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, occurs when cells in the stomach lining grow abnormally. These cells in the stomach lining grow rapidly and continue to grow after normal cells would have died. As these abnormal cells grow, they form tumors that can be cancerous.
Stomach cancer symptoms often do not occur early in the cancer process, making it hard to diagnose early. By the time stomach cancer symptoms appear, the cancer may have spread to other areas.
Early stomach cancer symptoms may include heartburn, abdominal pain, and microscopic internal bleeding. Additional stomach cancer symptoms include discomfort in the upper and middle abdomen, vomiting blood, weakness, and fatigue, although having these symptoms do not necessarily indicate stomach cancer.
An upper endoscopy, chromoendoscopy, or stomach X-rays can be performed to diagnose stomach cancer.
Stomach cancer treatment options depend on the stage of cancer. If the stomach cancer is contained to the stomach lining, an endoscopic mucosal resection can be performed using an endoscope to remove the cancer.
In other stomach cancer cases, it may be necessary to surgically remove either a portion of the stomach or the entire stomach. Radiation and chemotherapy or a combination of both therapies may be needed prior to or after stomach cancer surgery.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Richard Desi of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, focuses on hepatology, a sub-specialty of gastroenterology that addresses the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and biliary tract.
When cancer runs in your family, it is hard to avoid. Certain foods, supplements and a balanced diet may help reduce your risks.