Tests and diagnosis
Even with today's high-tech medical devices, the basic chest X-ray remains an important tool in diagnosing various conditions. Here's a look at how it works.
A CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of your body.
A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that can detect changes within certain tissues or organs early, often before disease progresses.
Sentinel node biopsy is a procedure used to determine if cancer has spread to your lymph nodes.
Find out what you can expect during a skin biopsy.
Treatments and drugs
Find out what to expect as you prepare for chemotherapy treatment.
Mohs surgery is a special procedure for removing certain forms of skin cancer.
Radiation therapy is a common means of treating many types of cancer. Find out what to expect during your radiation therapy treatment.
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