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If a doctor or facility outside Stanford has already given you a diagnosis, we will have your results sent to our pathologists (doctors specializing in cancer diagnosis). They will review your test results and confirm or correct your diagnosis.
At Stanford, we tailor the diagnostic phase of cancer care to each individual patient. If you need further testing to complete your diagnosis, your doctor and care team will work with you to determine which tests you need. Tests may include:
Thoracic Imaging (Radiology) To obtain the most precise understanding of your cancer, your doctor may schedule you for different types of imaging that diagnose cancer. If you have been screened elsewhere and received abnormal results, we may perform additional imaging, if needed.
This procedure allows your doctor to carefully examine the central part of the mediastinum, which is the space between your heart, lungs, windpipe, and esophagus.
Lung Biopsy (Pathology) If your imaging or other screening tests show that you may have cancer, you will need a biopsy. This test takes a tiny sample of cells from abnormal areas of tissue.
Thoracic Lab Tests (Blood Draws) Before and during treatment, your doctor will ask you to have your blood drawn and tested at a lab. Blood tests can provide a variety of information, helping to establish your diagnosis and plan your course of cancer treatment.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.