Our Approach to Cancer Diagnosis
Waiting for a potential cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Timeliness and accuracy are crucial. We’ll get you the care you need, using advanced techniques and a team approach. If you do need treatment, our team works together to deliver personalized, compassionate care.
Cancer Diagnosis: Why Choose Us?
Highlights of our services include:
- Advanced techniques: We use advanced technology to aid diagnosis. For example, a machine called a cyclotron enables us to create substances called radiotracers. Radiotracers are injections that find and attach to specific cancer cells, showing up clearly on an imaging scan. This technique helps us see if cancer has spread. And we are the only healthcare system in the Dayton area where you have access to this advanced technology.
- Collaborative expert team: When you need cancer treatment, a team works together to create a personalized plan. Our team follows the NCCN Guidelines®, which are national standards that reflect the most up-to-date research and science.
- Emphasis on comfort and safety: We prioritize your comfort and safety. Our Kettering Breast Evaluation Centers offer an environment with soft music, calming images, and aromatherapy. We pay attention to every detail, making sure that even the temperature of the evaluation room is comfortable for you.
Diagnostic Tools We Use
We use several tools for diagnosis. Your evaluation may include the following:
- Biopsy: A small tissue sample is taken from a tumor to examine in a laboratory.
- Lab tests: This could include blood tests or tissue tests that look for certain markers of cancer (proteins or other substances made by cancer cells).
We also use many advanced imaging options, including the following:
- Computed tomography (CT) scans use X-rays from multiple angles to create a 3D image of the inside of your body.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed pictures of your body.
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scans involve giving an injection called a radiotracer and taking 3D images that show where the radiotracer gathers.
- Ultrasound uses powerful sound waves to create images of the inside of your body.
- X-rays use low doses of radiation that create images of the inside of your body, often appearing similar to a negative of a black-and-white photograph.
Expert Cancer Treatment
When you choose Kettering Health, you benefit from a team-based approach to care. Your treatment might include the following: