Diagnosing cancer involves the use of a variety of tests that provide details about abnormal cells, which may have been detected through routine medical examinations, self-examination, or reported symptoms of cancer. More information about these cells must be gathered in order to identify them as malignant cells (cancerous) or non-malignant cells (non-cancerous), and if they are malignant cells, to determine how serious (aggressive) the particular cancer cells are. Aggressive cancers grow and spread more quickly than less-aggressive or "indolent" cancers. There are many types of tests specifically designed to evaluate cancer. The Halifax Health Centers for Oncology are poised to offer the most advanced diagnostic services available today.
The first step in treating cancer is early detection and accurate diagnosis.
Diagnostic tests are used to accurately diagnose disease, determine prognosis, and monitor cancer for progression or recurrence. Diagnostic tests are used to diagnose primary disease, identify cancer subtype, predict prognosis, direct treatment, evaluate response to treatment, detect minimal residual disease, and monitor remission or progression. There are a number of diagnostic tests that fall into five categories: pathology, diagnostic imaging, blood tests, tumor marker tests, and genomics.
Karen Chose to Treat Her Breast Cancer Wisely
"Choose wisely who provides your cancer care," says Karen Butterton. "Do your research. For me, that meant going to Halifax Health and getting the full spectrum of my treatment from the team of compassionate and knowing people there.”
Bladder Cancer - Risk Factors and Warning Symptoms
In recent decades there has been a steady increase in the incidence of bladder cancer.
Skin Cancer - The Most Common Cancer in the US
More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. That’s more than all other cancers combined. The number of skin cancer cases has been going up over the past few decades.
Art Therapy: The Colors of Life
Halifax Health - Center for Oncology provides patients with Art Therapy that includes drawing, painting, and other media. In this program, patients work with our trained therapist in a private and relaxing environment to find ways to express themselves through art.
A Colorectal Cancer Screening Could Save Your Life
Colorectal cancer screenings detect precancerous polyps, which if removed, prevents them from turning into cancer. Screenings also help find colon cancer at an early stage, which if treated timely, most often is curable.
Cervical Cancer Awareness and Risk Assessment
Almost all cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you are at risk for cervical cancer. Women without HPV or any of these other risk factors rarely develop cervical cancer.
Ovarian Cancer - Symptoms, Diagnoses, and Treatments
Most common type of ovarian cancer is ovarian epithelial and starts in the tissues that cover the ovaries.