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Cancer diagnosis

If you’re feeling anxious about a symptom you have and suspect it could be cancer, we’re here to identify your next steps with our extensive range of diagnostic tests.

How we help you

At HCA UK, we believe that all our patients should have access to the latest proven diagnostic technology and treatments. We have a reputation for ensuring that our hospitals and specialist centres are among the best-equipped in the world. Rapid access to diagnostic tests is crucial. We have no waiting lists and aim to see everyone as soon as possible. Our highly skilled specialists work together to form multidisciplinary teams, they are here to support you and offer advice through t diagnosis, treatment and beyond. The type of diagnostic tests that our consultants recommend will depend on the type of cancer you have.

Diagnostic tests

CT scans

A CT scan takes a series of X-rays, which build up a three-dimensional picture of the inside of the body

Endoscopy

The inside of your body is examined using a long, thin, flexible tube that has a light source and camera

Genetic testing

This tests whether a patient has an inherited faulty gene that can increase their risk of developing a certain type of cancer

MRI scan

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetism, radio waves and a computer to produce images of body structures

Pathology

Pathological testing ranges from simple blood and urine tests to bone-marrow biopsies to detect, diagnose and monitor cancer

Ultrasound

A procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body

X-ray

An X-ray is a procedure commonly used to produce images of the inside of the body

PET/CT scan

Positron emission tomography (PET) scans are used to produce detailed three-dimensional images of the inside of the body

Biopsy

During a biopsy, a small piece of tissue or sample of cells is removed so that it can be examined under a microscope

Mammogram

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast

Advanced diagnosis (SCMD NGS)

Our advanced diagnostic lab, Sarah Cannon UK Molecular Diagnostics, offers Next Generation Sequencing. This allows us to examine your individual genes so that we can understand more about what is driving the cancer and which treatments may or may not be effective

Our facilities

We provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

I now grab every minute of life
Mhairi, cancer patient
The Care Quality Commission awarded HCA UK’s The Cyberknife Centre London as ‘outstanding’

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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