Cancer Diagnosis

An accurate cancer diagnosis helps us tailor your treatment plan.

Our specialists assess all types and stages of cancer. We use advanced technology, including noninvasive options whenever possible.

We determine which tests you need and discuss them with you. Our team makes sure you are prepared and informed for each step of your care.

Advanced diagnostic methods for cancer

The more accurate the cancer diagnosis, the better we can plan your care. Adventist Health’s experienced radiologists and pathologists assess all types and stages of cancer, including unusual and complex cases. We have the expertise to get you the answers you need, quickly.

Genetic testing for cancer

Research has shown that up to 10% of cancers are due to factors passed from one generation to the next. These syndromes are known as hereditary cancers.

Genetic testing can help determine if you are at increased risk for developing certain types of cancer. These tests help us make a timely, accurate diagnosis and customize a treatment plan for you.

Genetic testing works by searching for specific changes in your genes. We collect a saliva sample in the office and analyze it. You’ll typically get the results within a few weeks, and your doctor will discuss next steps with you.

We offer genetic testing for these types of cancer:

  • Breast
  • Ovarian
  • Gastric
  • Colorectal
  • Pancreatic
  • Melanoma
  • Prostate
  • Endometrial

We encourage you to consider genetic testing if you have a personal or family history of cancer and meet any of these criteria:

  • Cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • Several different types of cancer that have occurred independently
  • Several close blood relatives that have the same type of cancer
  • Unusual cases for a specific cancer type (for example, breast cancer in a man; ovarian cancer at any age)
  • Being a member of a racial/ethnic group with an increased risk of having a certain hereditary cancer syndrome
  • Any other factor that increases your risk of developing cancer

Imaging tests

Advanced diagnostic technology helps give us accurate information about your condition. We use noninvasive and minimally invasive imaging methods whenever possible, including:

  • Ultrasound: Uses sound waves to create images
  • X-ray: Creates images using small amounts of radiation
  • Computerized tomography (CT): Captures a series of detailed pictures in just a few seconds
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Uses magnets to produce detailed images
  • Nuclear medicine (NM) imaging with PET or SPECT: Measures chemical reactions in your cells to show early signs of cancer
  • Mammography: Uses low-energy X-rays to see inside the breasts

Lab tests

Your doctor may also order laboratory tests, such as blood tests. We offer convenient on-site diagnostic labs, so you don’t need to travel to another location.

Biopsy

If imaging and lab tests suggest you may have cancer, your doctor will order a biopsy to make a definitive diagnosis. During this procedure, we remove and examine a sample of cells or tissues to check for cancer.

Getting a diagnosis helps us tailor a treatment plan that’s right for you. Your doctor will explain your diagnosis, answer your questions and recommend the next steps for treatment.

Treatment

After your diagnosis, your doctor will consult with other specialists and work with you to create a personalized care plan. You’ll receive one or more treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy or surgery.

Learn more about our cancer care

Let us be your partner in better health.

Learn about our oncology services, or find a location close to you. You can also read our patient stories and get answers to frequently asked questions.


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