Diagnosis and Treatment
Many types of cancer are first diagnosed through X-rays, CT scans, ultrasound,
mammography or MRIs – non-invasive imaging studies that let your
doctor see specific areas of your body. Other cancers like lymphoma or
leukemia can be diagnosed through blood tests.
Some cancers are confirmed with a biopsy, the surgical removal of a small
section of the questionable area so it can be examined under a microscope.
Biopsies are sometimes done in an outpatient setting, at a hospital in
a lab, or surgically at a hospital.
Depending on specifics of your cancer, your care plan may include a combination
of two or three
types of treatment, and each method requires a specialist in that technique. Your cancer
care team will consult those specialists to work with your team specifically
for your individual care. The physicians on staff at BRG’s Pennington
Cancer Center specialize in each of the different types of cancer, as
well as different types of treatment.