A thorough and accurate cancer diagnosis is the first step in developing an individualized cancer treatment plan. When patients first visit one of our facilities, we will perform a complete array of diagnostic tests to accurately confirm your diagnosis and plan your individualized treatment. This initial diagnostic evaluation typically takes about three to five days. The following are some common diagnostic tests:
We will accurately locate tumors, stage the disease, and determine an appropriate combination of cancer treatments for you. Tumor molecular profiling helps us identify the right chemotherapy or targeted therapy drugs before treatment, which reduces unnecessary toxicity and identifies an appropriate treatment approach from the start.
We will track the size of the tumor, progression of the disease, and your response to treatment, and modify your treatment accordingly. Minimally invasive tools like navigational bronchoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound allow us to find and reach very small tumors without the risks of surgery.
We will follow up with you to evaluate any symptoms you may have, and schedule regular check-ups to monitor for any signs of metastasis or recurrence. Technologies like the Discovery™ PET/CT 600 allow us to accurately detect small lesions in areas of the body subject to movement, like the breasts, lungs, colon and prostate.
SsahiPath will offer expanded genomic tumor assessment. This tool reveals the DNA alterations that are driving the growth of a cancer. By identifying the mutations that occur in a cancer cell's genome, our physicians can better understand what caused the tumor and provide cancer treatment therapies that specifically target changes in the tumor's genomic profile.
Because genomic testing is a rapidly developing area of medical science, there are currently only a few cancers where such testing is considered to be routine in the evaluation of possible treatment options. The oncologist will help determine if the patient is a good candidate for genomic testing.
We understand that waiting for diagnostic test results can create a great deal of stress. To ease anxiety and help you begin your cancer treatment sooner, we will provide reduced wait times for appointments and test results.
We want out patients to be as comfortable as possible during their imaging tests. Our team will use padding and comfort equipment, as well as a variety of positioning devices, to help the patients feel more relaxed during scans and procedures.