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.