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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.
  • Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy cancer cells or to slow down their growth.
  • CT Scan

    CT scan (or computed tomography scan) is an imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including bone, muscle and organs.
  • Embolization

    Embolization, or endovascular embolization, is a minimally invasive procedure that occludes, or blocks, blood flow to a certain part of the body. During the procedure, a doctor uses a catheter to deliver small plastic particles, glue, metal coils (this is called coil embolization), foam or a balloon to seal off the blood vessel. Embolization can reduce the risk of an aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation rupturing, shrink tumors or fibroids, and prevent or reduce hemorrhaging (abnormal bleeding).
  • Endoscopic ultrasound is an imaging procedure that doctors use to find and evaluate cancers and other conditions of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and digestive tract.
  • 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.
  • A liver transplant is a surgical procedure that replaces a diseased liver with a healthy, donated liver.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
  • Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses radiation to kill tumors or keep them from growing. It can also help relieve cancer symptoms.
  • Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that surgeons use. The technique allows for smaller incisions and more precise movements during surgery, which benefits patients.