Delnor’s Cancer Care Team offers the most advanced diagnostic technologies to diagnose cancer. A specific diagnosis is imperative to the development of an individualized treatment plan targeted specifically to your cancer type and stage.
- Imaging - X-rays, ultrasounds, computed tomography (CT) exams, positron emission tomography (PET) scans, nuclear medicine, (such as bone scans) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests are imaging modalities which provide physicians with important diagnostic information about tumors. Delnor has the most up-to-date imaging technology available for precision diagnoses.
- Endoscopy - An endoscope is a flexible, fiberoptic tube used to assess and evaluate internal organs. In a sedated patient, an endoscope can be used to evaluate the upper gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, duodenum and stomach (endoscopy); it can be inserted into the rectum and colon (colonoscopy) to examine those organs; or it can be inserted via the mouth through the trachea into the lungs (bronchoscopy) to evaluate the lower respiratory tract. During the procedure the physician can visualize the tissues, photograph the tissues and obtain biopsies for cell identification and diagnostic purposes. Delnor offers a complete range of endoscopic services for accurate diagnoses.
- Lab Tests - Blood and urine tests provide important information about many kinds of cancer. Delnor’s has 24-hour state-of-the-art labs with board-certified pathologists who are experienced at cancer diagnosis.
- Biopsy - Biopsies are an invasive procedure facilitating the collection of a specimen from a suspicious growth. The specimen is studied by the pathologist to identify cells and confirm a specific cancer diagnosis. Delnor has the technology and expertise to perform the least invasive test that provides the most accurate, complete information, including needle biopsy and Stereotactic Core Breast Biopsy.
- Staging -The American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) developed the TNM System for staging cancer, and doctors throughout the world use the system. The “T” relates to tumor. It indicates tumor size and depth/penetration of the tumor. The “N” stands for node. It indicates the number of lymph nodes with cancer or the location of the cancer-involved lymph nodes. The “M” stands for metastasis. It indicates the spread of the cancer to other parts of the body. Delnor’s Cancer Care Team offers the most innovative approaches to staging cancer.