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Offering clinical trials on new and emerging cancer treatment options.

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Diagnosing cancer

What is cancer pathology?

Cancer is a complex disease that impacts every patient differently. Comprehensive and personalized treatment starts with an accurate, thorough diagnosis. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our diagnostic team is led by oncologists and other physicians trained in a wide variety of medical specialties, including radiology, pathology, genetics and advanced genomic testing. They use sophisticated tests and procedures to measure the stage and progression of disease and identify the tumor’s type, size and location.

Diagnostics plays a key role throughout each patient’s cancer journey—before, during and after treatment. During treatment, we track the size of the tumor, the disease’s progression and your response to treatment, and modify your treatment as needed. Under certain circumstances, minimally invasive tools like navigational bronchoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound allow us to locate and reach very small tumors without the need for surgery. After treatment, we help you prevent, identify and manage the side effects of the disease and its treatment, and we schedule regular check-ups to monitor for signs of metastasis or recurrence.