If a doctor suspects a patient may have cancer, comprehensive examinations must be carried out to establish a definite diagnosis. The first signs that may indicate cancer are the symptoms, the patient’s medical history, personal circumstances and lifestyle, as well as the results of the clinical examinations.
Precise diagnosis of the kind of cancer and the tumour’s stage of development is vital for determining the treatment strategy, and makes it possible to estimate the patient’s chances of recovery and life expectancy.
- Blood test (tumour marker)
- Extraction of tissue samples (biopsy, injection)
- Medical imaging such as x-ray imaging (mammography), ultrasound examinations, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scintigraphy
- Genetic examinations
The experienced specialists at Hirslanden have access to the latest medical infrastructure, so they can quickly and precisely diagnose cancer on site at the hospital.