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Cancer Diagnosis Information

An accurate cancer diagnosis provides the basis for personalized treatment. If you have persistent symptoms that may be linked to cancer, your doctor should perform a physical examination and order diagnostic tests that will help determine the cause of your symptoms. Some of the tests may include:

  • Lab tests – These tests are used to assess whether your blood, urine, or other body fluids have high or low levels of substances that indicate cancer. While abnormal test results may demonstrate the need for additional testing, they alone can’t support a definite cancer diagnosis.
  • Imaging tests – Imaging procedures create pictures of the inside of your body that will help your doctor identify a tumor. Commonly used tests include CT scans, ultrasounds, nuclear scans, and MRIs.
  • Biopsies – To perform a biopsy, a pathologist will remove cells or tissue from your body so it can be studied under a microscope. A biopsy is typically necessary for a cancer diagnosis.

If your doctor does make a cancer diagnosis, staging tests will then help gauge the seriousness of the cancer and allow your doctor to plan the most effective course for treatment. Many factors determine the stage of a tumor, including its location, size, and whether it has spread to other parts of the body. Whether your primary care provider has referred you to Tampa General Hospital’s Cancer Institute for a potential cancer diagnosis or you have come to TGH as an inpatient with symptoms that may be linked to cancer, you can trust we have the expertise necessary to provide quality medical care. Our team includes cancer specialists from Moffitt Cancer Center and USF Health, who diagnose and treat all forms of cancer. Tampa General Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10% in the nation for Cancer Care. for 2021-22.

To schedule an appointment with our clinic, please call 813-844-7585.