Early Detection and Diagnosis
Focused diagnostic care
Discovering cancer at the earliest stages offers the best opportunity for successful treatment, and the Regional Center for Cancer Care, a program of both Lancaster Regional and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Centers, is committed to promoting early detection through screenings and advanced diagnostic services. Whether it’s offering screening exams or holding health-education events in the community, part of our comprehensive care focuses on prevention.
Advanced expertise and technology for cancer diagnosis
Our cancer specialists (oncologists) utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic technology that has the capability to detect cancer at the earliest stages. Accurate diagnosis is a crucial part of developing an effective treatment plan, and our oncologists have the expertise to diagnose and plan a comprehensive treatment strategy through:
- Advanced imaging technology – Computerized tomography (CT or CAT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound imaging (sonography), positron emission tomography (PET), PET/CT scanning and other advanced imaging technologies provide a detailed picture of internal organs and tissues to detect cancer.
- Breast cancer detection – the Regional Center for Cancer Careoffers sophisticated breast imaging technologies such as digital mammography and breast MRI, which can play an important role in early detection of breast cancer.
- Biopsy – Biopsies determine whether cells are cancerous and if so, determine the type and stage of cancer. Advanced imaging technology — such as MRI, CT and ultrasound — are often combined with minimally invasive techniques to obtain tissue samples.