Cancer diagnostics vary and typically begin with a thorough personal and family medical history and physical examination followed by the appropriately prescribed diagnostic testing. Many tests are needed to determine whether a patient has cancer, or if another condition (such as an infection) is simulating the symptoms of cancer.
Effective diagnostic testing is used to confirm or eliminate the presence of disease, monitor the disease process, and plan for and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. Diagnostic procedures may include imaging, laboratory tests, biopsy, surgery or genetic testing, or a combination of multiple methods.
Once a cancer diagnosis is determined, Shaw Cancer Center's medical professionals specialize in finding the best cancer treatment options for each patient. Our care team recognizes that becoming a cancer survivor requires personalized cancer treatments based on the individual patient's needs. A cancer treatment that works for one person may not be appropriate for another.
Our team intimately engages with every patient to determine the best form of cancer treatment, taking into account the effectiveness, side effects, quality-of-life implications and other considerations that are significant to the patient.