Evaluation and Treatment

Our hospital specializes in cancer care. We offer services for all cancer types as well as every other area of medicine, excluding gynecology and general pediatrics. Please view our Physicians page for a complete listing of our departments.

When you come for a visit, based on your chief complaint, you will meet with a physician of the appropriate specialty. If you have any symptoms that may suggest cancer, your doctor will follow evidence-based protocol to reach the most reliable diagnosis. You will be asked to provide a detailed family history and may undergo a few tests. Some common procedures are listed below.

Blood panel: A sample of blood is analyzed to measure levels of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets.

Urinalysis & stool test: Urine and fecal matter are tested for abnormal presence of blood and other molecules, and levels of certain substances are measured. 

Biopsy: A small sample of suspicious tissue is taken for examination by microscope or chemical analysis.

Chest X-ray: An X-ray is taken to view the structures of the chest, or thorax, including the heart and lungs.

Abdominal ultrasound: Ultrasonography is used to view internal organs of the abdomen, including the kidneys, liver, and pancreas.

Electrocardiography (EKG or ECG): Electrodes are attached to the chest, and the electrical activity of the heart is recorded to monitor heartbeat and other cardiac features.

Endoscopy:Examination, sometimes with the patient under general anesthesia,of the interior of a canal or hollow organ by means of a flexible endoscope.

Pap smear, breast ultrasound, mammography: For female patients, these tests detect cancerous cells and growths in the cervix and breast.

MRI: a noninvasive nuclear procedure that gives information about the chemical makeup of tissues to help distinguish normal, cancerous, otherosclerotic, and traumatized tissue masses in the image.

CT Scan (computed comography): test that may involve injecting a radioactive contrast into the body. Computers are used to scan for radiation and create cross-sectional images of internal organs. 

Nuclear scans: Can include bone scans, Gallium scans, PET scans, PET/CT scan, thyroid scans, and MUGA scans.

We offer same-day referrals, consultations, and lab work to reduce the number of visits you would have to make. Since patients typically arrive with anxiety and concern, our goal is to make your care as stress-free as possible. Based on your test results, we will discuss your diagnosis and promptly provide follow-up care as needed.

Whole-Person Care

At KF-SYSCC, we view each patient as a unique individual who should be diagnosed and treated in whole-person terms. Through this approach, our work goes a step beyond scientific expertise to incorporate humanistic values - the patient ceases to be merely a chief complaint, but rather a complex being. We accomplish this as multidisciplinary teams working in tandem, each offering valuable insight into the patient's condition and drawing out the interconnected social factors. In addition to such biological variables as systemic conditions and age-related risk factors, we examine quality of life, family or socioeconomic factors, and psychological or spiritual condition, which accompany even seemingly simple symptoms. We also encourage narrations from our patients and true teamwork spirit in our physicians to promote lasting, compassionate integrated healthcare. As we look forward to becoming a hand-held hospital, we will continue to employ whole-person patient care as the foundation for that all we do.

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