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Cancer Screenings & Diagnosis

At Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, you’ll have access to a full range of cancer screenings and advanced diagnostic tests at facilities conveniently located throughout Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin.

Screening for Cancer

Screening tests check for cancer before you experience symptoms. That means the exams help your doctors detect cancer early—when it may be easier to treat. Ask your primary care provider which types of cancer screening tests you need. Then, take advantage of services such as:

  • Breast imaging, including screening mammograms that provide same-day results
  • Cervical cancer screenings, including Pap and HPV tests
  • Colorectal cancer screenings
  • Prostate cancer screening, including a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test
  • High Risk Breast Clinic – For women who are at higher risk or think they may be a higher risk of developing breast cancer

Diagnostic Tests for Cancer

When a screening test shows an area of concern, or when you experience symptoms, your doctor will recommend cancer diagnostics to rule out or confirm cancer. Access a full range of cancer diagnostic tests at Wheaton, including:

Cancer Staging & Grading

If you’re diagnosed with cancer, your care team will determine the stage and grade of your cancer and work with you to create the best treatment plan.

Cancer Staging: TNM

The stage tells you how large a tumor is and how far the cancer has spread at the time of diagnosis. Depending on the type of cancer you have, your Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care team may use the TNM system—a tool from the American Joint Committee on Cancer—to stage your cancer. Your doctors will examine and assign a letter or number to each of the following:

  • Tumor (T) – Describes tumor size and location
  • Node (N) – Indicates whether cancer cells have spread to lymph nodes
  • Metastasis (M) – Tells whether cancer has spread to other parts of the body

Your doctors use the TNM system to help determine an overall stage for your cancer.

Learn more about cancer staging and grading.

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