Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, including cancer. Laboratory tests are provided to patients in connection with their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.
Clinical Laboratory Technologists and technicians, also known as Medical Technologists, perform most of these tests. They examine and analyze blood and other body fluids utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to provide a vast volume of information to enable physicians to prescribe the appropriate treatments and/or preventive measures to ensure the best therapy for the patient.
Advances in laboratory testing are continually occurring to enhance the early detection of many types of cancer. Along with detecting cancer, these tests will monitor the response of the therapy given and determine effective treatment options for the patient.