Cancer Prevention, Detection and Diagnosis
The combined benefits of PET and CT are available at St. Joseph's Hospital with the GE Discovery ST (“See and Treat”) imaging scanner. Discovery ST combines the fastest and most sophisticated CT scanner with the most advanced PET system providing better cancer care from diagnosis to follow-up.
Imaging and Pathology
Most cancers are detected through medical imaging. Imaging can be used for cancer screening (as with a mammogram), or as a follow-up when a primary care physician or surgeon detects an abnormality. Our radiologists use computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) to take a closer look at areas of concern.
When your physician detects an abnormality, he or she may order a biopsy to obtain a tissue sample. At this point, a pathologist determines if a mass is cancerous. After a surgeon removes all or part of the mass, the pathologist helps stage, or determine how advanced the cancer is, by studying the size of the mass.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear medicine
- Sentinel lymph node mapping
- Stereotactic breast biopsy
- 64-Slice Computed tomography (CT)
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
St. Joseph's Hospital offers cancer screenings throughout the year. Check with your physician for a screening schedule that is most appropriate for you. Screenings for diseases such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon and rectal cancers, and skin cancer can be scheduled through your physician at a time convenient for you.
Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP)
WWWP provides preventive health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage. Well Woman pays for mammograms, Pap tests and certain other health screenings. The program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Division of Public Health, and is available throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Covered services are available through St. Joseph’s Hospital at no cost to Well Woman clients.
For more information about eligibility, contact the Washington County Health Department at 262-335-4472.
Radiation Oncology at the Kraemer Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology for a three-year period.
Only 10 percent of the nation’s radiation oncology practices achieve this distinction, confirming our high standard of radiation oncology treatment