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How is Cancer Detected?

Cancer blood tests and other laboratory tests help us to make a proper cancer diagnosis. Because your doctor has ordered cancer blood tests or other laboratory tests to look for signs of cancer, it doesn't mean that a cancer diagnosis has been made and you have cancer.  Through a very careful process and follow up procedures, we will help conclude one of several outcomes based on your tests. If it's suspected that you have cancer, your doctor may order additional tests or other laboratory tests, such as an analysis of your urine or a biopsy of a suspicious area, to help guide the diagnosis. With the exception of blood cancers, blood tests generally can't absolutely tell whether you have cancer or some other non-cancerous condition, but they can give your doctor clues about what's going on inside your body.

Samples collected for cancer blood tests or other tests of urine, fluid or tissue are analyzed in a lab for signs of cancer. The samples may show cancer cells, proteins or other substances made by the cancer. Blood and urine tests can also give your doctor an idea of how well your organs are functioning and if they've been affected by cancer.

Diagnostics and Lab Technician

By bringing the best specialists and technologies together from Illinois Valley Community Hospital and St. Margaret’s Hospital, we are able to provide state-of-the-art services and diagnostics including:

• PET/CT & Diagnostics leverage the GE Discovery 16-slice Scanner
• Anatomic and Metabolic Imaging
• Hematology, Chemistry, and Tumor Marker Testing
• Cancer Localization and Staging

These proficiencies allows our physicians in both medical and radiation oncology to formulate effective treatment plans based a highly accurate cancer diagnosis and localization of the tumor site.

Please see Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology Treatment
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GE Discovery 16-Slice CT Scanner
The highly-advanced GE Discovery 16-Slice CT Scanner

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