DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES

GENERAL HEALTH LABORATORIES

Complete blood count (CBC), chemistry profile and urinalysis  - these tests are important to evaluate internal organ function and obtain baseline values prior to any treatment.

THORACIC RADIOGRAPHS

This test is used to evaluate for cancer spread to lungs (metastasis) for certain tumor types as well as assess heart and lungs prior to anesthesia.

ULTRASOUND

Abdominal ultrasound is recommended as part of diagnostic testing for some cancers to help evaluate for cancer in the abdominal organs (either a primary tumor or metastasis) or to obtain baseline measurements of abnormalities prior to starting treatment so that there is a comparison for post-treatment evaluation.

ECHOCARDIOGRAM

An ultrasound of the heart is performed by a cardiologist to assess the function of the heart prior to certain chemotherapy drugs which may impact heart function. This testing is not necessary for all patients. An echocardiogram may also be used to assess for tumors of the heart.

CT/MRI

This testing is recommended for certain cases to evaluate for tumor invasiveness into surrounding tissues to determine if surgery is possible, to evaluate for metastasis (more sensitive than an x-ray), prior to radiation for treatment planning. These tests require general anesthesia.