Advanced Diagnostic Tests for Cancer
Many cases of cancer are identified by screening tests. Still others are
found when a symptom, such as a lump, digestive problems or some other
sort of physical change, suggests there may be a problem.
At the Hunt Cancer Institute, our specialists use advanced techniques and
technology to determine whether cancer is present and, if so, to identify
the specific type so we can recommend the most effective treatment.
Advanced imaging capabilities that allow visualization into the body and
even inside the organs have revolutionized modern cancer diagnosis and
treatment. Every year advances in imaging technology bring greater accuracy
and less discomfort to people with cancer. Physicians now use imaging
devices and procedures at every phase of cancer treatment, including for
screening, diagnosis and staging.
Here at Torrance Memorial, our Hunt Cancer Institute provides our South
Bay Community access to some of the most sophisticated imaging technology
available. Our expert radiologists and technologists use the latest imaging
technology to detect suspicious areas and find cancer (even pre-cancer)
at the earliest and most treatable stages.
A biopsy (a sample of tissue taken from the part of your body where cancer
is suspected) is how cancer is diagnosed. Imaging tests, such as X-rays,
are helpful in detecting masses or areas of abnormality, but they can't
differentiate cancerous cells from noncancerous ones. A biopsy to collect
cells for closer examination is required to definitively diagnose most
types of cancer.
Our pathology labs use multiple techniques to test biopsied tissue to determine
whether it is cancer and, if so, of what specific type and sub-type. Accurate
diagnosis is vital to successful treatment of cancer.
At Torrance Memorial we use advanced techniques and modern imaging technology
to obtain biopsies in the least invasive fashion. We do everything we
can to help you stay comfortable during the procedure, and to ensure that
your recovery is quick and uneventful.
An accurate diagnosis is the most important part of your cancer testing
and screening. Torrance Memorial has an advanced laboratory with top-tier
technology. Our expert pathologists use a sophisticated array of tests
and analyses to thoroughly examine all biopsies and tissue samples to
arrive at the correct diagnosis.