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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Patients who are at risk for cancer, have a suspected cancer, or have a diagnosed cancer may need some type of surgery. Their care team will discuss when they need surgery and what their options are so that they can decide what is best for them.
  • Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy

    Fine-needle aspiration biopsy is a nonsurgical procedure during which doctors use a thin needle to obtain a tissue sample from a growth for the purpose of determining whether it is cancerous. This procedure is most often used to diagnose or rule out thyroid cancer and breast cancer.
  • During a laparoscopic procedure, a surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen to insert a scope (a small, thin tube fitted with a camera) and other surgical tools. Surgeons use laparoscopy to diagnose and treat many conditions.
  • Lymph Node Dissection

    Lymph node dissection is the removal of a group of lymph nodes, small glands throughout the body that hold white blood cells, or lymphocytes. Doctors usually perform lymph node dissections to treat cancers that have spread or may spread to the lymph nodes.
  • Pancreatectomy

    Pancreatectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the pancreas.
  • Parathyroid Surgery

    Parathyroid surgery may be used to remove one or more of the four pea-sized parathyroid glands that most people have on their thyroid glands. The most common reasons for parathyroid surgery are hyperparathyroidism and parathyroid cancer.
  • Thyroid Surgery

    Thyroid surgery is used to remove all or part of a thyroid gland in patients who have thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, goiter or hyperactive thyroid. It is usually minimally invasive, requiring only small incisions. Most people who have it are able to leave the hospital within a day and return to normal activities within one to two weeks.
  • Ultrasound

    Ultrasound is a kind of imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to see inside the body. It is used to view the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, liver and other organs, as well as a fetus during pregnancy. Unlike an X-ray, ultrasound does not expose a person to radiation.