Diagnosis is the first step to an effective treatment plan. At Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute, we get you a precise diagnosis as quickly as possible. The more precise the diagnosis, the better we can tailor a treatment plan to meet your specific needs. We use the latest diagnostic technology to get a detailed and exact diagnosis.
Our head and neck cancer experts know you don’t want to wait for answers. We work to complete your testing quickly. At the Cancer Institute, you can expect:
To begin the diagnosis, we will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical examination. We may perform other tests to confirm the diagnosis and determine if the cancer has spread. Imaging scans help physicians see cancers that are invisible to the naked eye or are hidden under tissue.
Diagnostic procedures include:
If a biopsy and one or more imaging studies indicate the presence of cancer, physicians will determine its stage. Staging determines the extent of the disease and if it has spread to other areas of your body. Staging is important for determining your personalized treatment plan. Find out more about our approach to treating head and neck cancer.
Early cancer detection saves lives. See AHN free cancer screening dates, locations and eligibility requirements for each screen offered. Then, call to register for your free cancer screenings.