If you have a symptom or your screening test result suggests cancer, we can help you find out whether it is due to cancer or to some other cause.
A key advantage of Atrium Medical Center’s dedication to providing the latest clinical treatments and technologies is our patients often experience reduced treatment times and fewer of the toxic side effects that made cancer treatment more difficult in the past.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, our multidisciplinary team will develop a treatment plan, answer your questions and explain the treatment in detail. We will describe your procedures, potential side effects and possible results.
Your nurse navigator gathers data about your diagnosis and treatment plan. She works with an interdisciplinary group of specialists to discuss alternatives and future directions for your care.
A conference of physicians from medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, nursing, surgery and pathology meet routinely to discuss newly diagnosed patients, their treatment, and future care plans.
We provide timely, high-quality laboratory results for the diagnosis of our cancer patients. Before a person receives treatment for cancer, he or she must have an exact diagnosis. This can involve tests of the blood, urine or other fluids. These tests can show how well an organ is performing. Also, high amounts of some substances may be a sign of cancer. These substances are often call tumor markers. However, abnormal test results are not a sure sign of cancer. Doctors cannot rely on lab tests alone to diagnose cancer.
In most cases, physicians need to do a biopsy to make a diagnosis of cancer. In a biopsy, the physician removes a small sample of tissue and sends it to the lab for examination by a pathologist. The physician may remove the sample with needles, an endoscope or through surgery.
One type of biopsy is a bone marrow biopsy. This is simply the sampling of bone marrow, the spongy material found in the center of most large bones in the body. Bone marrow creates the different cells that make up blood. Learn more.
Our Pathology Laboratory is instrumental in the diagnosis of cancer. Histologists work in the laboratory department processing tissue specimens that are received from a surgery or physician office. This examination helps to stage the cancer, or determine how localized it remains in the body. Learn more.
The Digital Imaging Advantage
Digital imaging offers many benefits. Images are easy for physicians and radiologists to access and they can be viewed by multiple doctors at the same time.
There are a variety of imaging tests available to diagnose cancer. These tests may include x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans, PET scans, mammography, ultrasound scans, cystoscopy, and endoscopy―depending on your symptoms and the part of your body that's involved.
Atrium offers the advanced imaging technology for a fast, accurate diagnosis including:
Endobronchial Ultrasound: Earlier and More Accurate Lung Cancer Diagnosis
Lung cancer is often diagnosed after it has spread. Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) helps patients with lung and lymph node tumors get diagnosed more accurately, and earlier, so they have more treatment options. With EBUS, physicians take tissue or fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes without surgery. Learn more.
Premier Health Library
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about diagnostic cancer treatments. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery and much more.
Content Updated: March 16, 2015