Our professional staff of laboratory and pathology support personnel are led by board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologists.
As part of Centura Health, the Dorcy Cancer Center is part of a larger group of cancer experts that includes pathologists with subspecialties in hematopathology, cytopathology, dermatopathology and microbiology.
Laboratory & Pathology
A broad range of tests using advanced instruments and methodologies are available to deliver rapid and accurate laboratory results. These include:
- Anatomic pathology
- Clinical chemistry, urinalysis and immunoassay
- Flow cytometry
- Molecular pathology
- Transfusion service
Diagnostic evaluation for cancer has improved dramatically with the development of high-speed, high-accuracy scanning and other imaging equipment.
New techniques obtain tissue samples through less-invasive procedures that may not require actual surgery. Sensitive, specific stains for cancers have been developed to determine more about the way in which a certain cancer may behave. Blood tests also help in determining types of cancer and responses to treatment.
A variety of diagnostic imaging tests may be required to completely diagnose your cancer.
To learn more about diagnostic services at St. Mary-Corwin, call 719-557-5930.
A Team Approach to Treatment
At Dorcy Cancer Center, developing the appropriate cancer treatment for each individual patient takes an entire team of cancer care and support professionals.
Tumor conferences are held weekly at St. Mary-Corwin’s Dorcy Cancer Center. Tumor conferences bring together cancer specialists, primary care physicians, pathologists, radiologists and surgeons to confer and create an individualized care and treatment plan for each patient.
Regularly scheduled tumor conferences allow physicians to talk with one another about diagnostic and treatment issues for each case, so that the managing physician can develop the most effective treatment plan possible.