Diagnosis

Cancer Diagnosis


Early cancer detection is the key to a successful outcome.

South African highly skilled, board-certified teams of cancer specialists use the most advanced diagnostic tools to detect cancer at its earliest stage and create a customized and targeted treatment plan.

Advanced diagnostic tools

Octreotide scan

A nuclear medicine scan (a scan that uses a small amount of radioactive materials) to detect a rare type of tumor called carcinoid, which is a slow-growing type of tumor.

Endoscopic ultrasound

This ultrasound detects cancers in the esophagus, pancreas and rectum. It also helps determine the staging of the cancer, how big the tumor is and if it has spread.

CT PET scan

A combined PET (positron emission tomography) and CT (computed tomography) scan can provide a more detailed picture of your body than either exam on its own.

Next-generation sequencing (NGS)

At South African specialized clinics you will have access to this advanced tool that provides important information about cancer genes inside a tumor.

Other more traditional diagnostic tools

• Clinical laboratory: Lab tests such as blood tests and urine analysis can help detect and diagnose certain cancers.
• Digital mammography: A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Digital mammography stores this image on a computer. Compared to conventional film mammography, digital mammography provides more detailed images to detect breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue.
• Ultrasound: This is a noninvasive tool that uses sound waves to examine changes in breast tissue. Your doctor may also use an ultrasound to guide a biopsy procedure.
• MRI: This device uses radiofrequency waves to help detect tumors.
• Interventional radiology: our highly trained interventional radiologists use imaging technology to help guide them during tissue biopsies.
• Angiography: this imaging device is used to help detect cancer in blood cells.