For those seeking cancer treatment, an integrative approach that combines elements of pathology and radiology may be beneficial. Right now, the two branches that make up the core of cancer diagnosis and yet remain separate branches. But that doesn’t mean they can’t work together to provide a comprehensive diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan. Here’s what you need to know about both disciplines.
An Integrative Approach to Cancer Treatment
Using Medical Imaging for Cancer Diagnosis
Medical imaging plays an important role in diagnosing or surveilling cancer once treatment has been initiated or completed. At CORA, you will have access to the most advanced imaging equipment in the region. Your doctor may choose to use ultrasound, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and PET scans to help guide treatment.
A radiologist is also available to perform minimally invasive image-guided needle biopsies to help diagnose or restage cancer. We work closely with our local pathologists to make sure you get excellent care and are as comfortable as possible.
In the case of breast cancer, for example, a biopsy and a mammogram can provide complementary information that can allow your physician to detect any discrepancies or misdiagnosis. In regards to lung cancer, a multidisciplinary approach can use the correlated information to make an informed diagnosis and prognosis.
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment
Central Oregon Radiology Associates (or CORA) provides radiology services in Central and Eastern Oregon. We are your go-to resource for cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment in Central Oregon and Eastern Oregon and surrounding regions and are more than happy to work with your pathologist in the process.
We believe a multidisciplinary approach can only help our patients by allowing you to have a complete view of your health and wellbeing. Contact us for more information or to schedule your appointment. We’d love to work with you.