Screening and Diagnosis

Finding cancer early is the best way to beat it. Screening is especially important for anyone with an increased risk, but some tests are a good idea for most people at a certain age. Please talk to your primary care provider (PCP) about the screenings recommended for your medical history, family background, and age. Regular screenings may even help you prevent cancer, by finding and allowing your medical team to treat precancerous conditions before they develop further. If you don’t have a PCP, choose a new provider today.

Screening and results

Our diagnostic testing and radiology services include a wide range of tests, all used to learn different information about a medical problem. When you get a screening, our specialists examine test results closely to look for disease. They’ll talk with you honestly about what your test results mean, and they’ll answer any questions you have.

Usually, a few different tests help give our specialists the information they need. If they find signs of cancer, they guide you toward the next steps in your care.

Diagnosis and next steps

We understand that a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming for you and your loved ones. You may not know where to begin or what questions to ask. Our team works with you every step of the way, from diagnosis, through follow-up care.

Understanding your specific type of cancer, or cancer-related syndrome is essential to informed decision making. Dartmouth Cancer Center’s main website offers tips and resources to help you begin to understand your diagnosis.

Preparing for your first appointment

Our staff share the following tips to make sure your appointment runs smoothly and is as stress-free for you as possible.

  • Bring a friend. Bring a family member or friend to act as a second set of ears. This person can ask questions you may not have thought of, assist you in getting around the medical center, and keep track of appointment details and instructions.
  • Prepare your questions. Ahead of your appointment, write down any questions you may have and bring them with you. Bring a notebook to your appointments so that you or your friend can write down the answers.
  • Have your information ready. Be sure to bring updated insurance and prescription cards to every appointment in case pre-authorization is needed. Please check with your insurance company ahead of time to learn how your co-pays work, so you’ll know what charges to expect the day of your appointment.

Health care at Dartmouth Cancer Center at Cheshire Medical Center is made possible in part by a generous donation from the Kingsbury family.