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Diagnosis and Treatment

A fellowship-trained medical or surgical oncologist works with you and your doctor to confirm your diagnosis and determine the best treatment for your condition. Tests and therapies are coordinated so appointments are convenient and time efficient for patients.

Diagnostic Tests
To plan your treatment and track your progress, your doctor may order diagnostic tests.

  • X-rays use radiation to detect abnormalities in the body.
  • A CT or CAT scan  looks inside the body and may require a dye injection.
  • MRI uses a machine to look inside the body without using radiation.
  • Bone scan determines abnormalities of the bones and requires an injection.
  • PET CT scan combines an injection and a scan to monitor treatment and for diagnosis.
  • Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create images.
  • Digital breast tomosynthesis also known as 3D mammography

Lab Services
A pathologist examines blood, body fluids or tissues to confirm a diagnosis and determine the stage of a cancer.

  • CBC is a complete blood count checking for white and red blood cell counts.
  • BMP determines salt balance and glucose levels.
  • CMP determines liver and kidney functions and calcium levels.
  • PSA, CEA, and CA 125 are specific tests for particular cancers.

Treatment Options
Arnot Health cancer treatments are carefully planned to meet the unique needs of each individual with compassionate, holistic care. A combination of methods is used to achieve the best possible results.

  • Surgery may be used to remove tumors or for diagnosis.
  • Radiation beams high energy particles to destroy or damage cancer cells. Arnot Health uses advanced technologies to adjust and precisely target radiation for maximum benefit.
  • Medical oncology may include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormonal or transfusion therapies to stop cancer cells from growing. Our chemotherapy suite is designed for comfort.
  • Palliative care is a holistic approach to treatment that helps minimize and control symptoms, improving quality of life during treatment.

Clinical Trials
Patients may have an opportunity to participate in clinical trials. We are an affiliate member of Southwest Oncology Group through the University of Rochester which allows us to gain access to trials that are available through the National Cancer Institute?s National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). Ask your doctor or nurse if you are interested in a clinical trial or call the clinical coordinator at 607-271-3796.

You can see what types of trials are available in your area by going to the website, then type in your type of cancer and your location.

We're Here to Help
To speak with a registered nurse 8am - 8pm, call Health on Demand at 607-737-4499 or 800-952-2662.

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