Cancer screening in Medellín

Find the best specialists for cancer screening in Medellin with MDE Care.

At MDE Care, our specialists perform a thorough evaluation and accurate diagnosis for cancer screening. Our focus is on performing an early assessment to offer various treatments to curb and eliminate this threat.

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How is cancer screening performed?

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Cancer screening can be performed in several ways, depending on the type of cancer and individual risk factors. At MDE Care we have several methods that lead to an accurate diagnosis so that the patient can begin early treatment and increase his or her life expectancy.

Clinical Oncology

MDE Care’s oncologists are physicians specialized in this field and work in close collaboration with other health professionals, such as surgeons, radiation therapists, among others, to provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

The aim is to facilitate the management of various therapeutic modalities through an accurate pre-cancer diagnosis, leading to treatments such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy, with the objective of improving the quality of life of patients affected by this disease.

To detect cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable. These tests vary depending on the type of cancer, but may include mammograms, Pap tests and colonoscopies. They are performed regularly according to medical guidelines and can help identify abnormalities before symptoms develop.

During these regular medical visits, MDE Care professionals perform palpations, visual inspections and evaluate the patient's medical history for possible signs of cancer. The idea is to identify early abnormalities that could indicate the presence of early stage disease. They also provide an opportunity to discuss any concerning symptoms and can lead to additional screening tests if necessary.
Laboratory tests
These tests may include analysis of blood, urine, stool or other body fluids, as well as genetic testing and tumor markers. The results of these tests can provide crucial information about the presence of cancer cells, specific tumor markers or abnormal changes in the levels of certain substances in the body.

Imaging techniques, such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound, allow physicians to visualize possible tumors, abnormalities or changes in the body's organs and tissues. Imaging is a crucial tool in the early detection of cancer, as it can identify the presence of suspicious masses before they become symptomatic. In addition, these tests are also useful in monitoring treatment and evaluating disease progression in patients diagnosed with cancer.

Consists of the removal of a sample of tissue or abnormal cells for analysis under a microscope. This procedure can be performed by a variety of methods, such as fine needle aspiration, incisional biopsy or surgical biopsy. The sample obtained is examined in the laboratory to identify the presence of cancer cells, determine the type and grade of cancer, and guide treatment.

Types of more common cancers and their more specific screening programs.

Cancer types vary by region and prevalent risk factors in the population. The most common worldwide include:

  • Breast cancer: screening mammography is recommended for women, usually starting at age 40 or 50, depending on country guidelines.
  • Colorectal cancer: Colonoscopy is a common screening tool, recommended starting at age 50, although other screening tests may be available.
  • Prostate cancer: Screening tests such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal examination (DRE) can be performed, usually starting at age 45.
  • Cervical cancer: The Papanicolaou (Pap) test is a common screening tool, generally recommended for women 21 years of age and older.

What is the importance of detecting cancer early?

Detecting cancer early is crucial for successful treatment and better health outcomes for the patient. Pre-cancer screening increases the chances of cure, as it allows us to intervene before the disease spreads or progresses to more serious stages.

At MDE CARE we specialize in identifying skin cancer in its early stages, providing the opportunity to apply less invasive and more effective therapies, which can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life and increase their long-term survival prospects.

Why choose MDE Care?

MDE Care’s specialists have the training and understanding to carry out cancer screening in a patient-friendly manner, thanks to patient-friendly methodologies to build trust and facilitate the diagnostic process.

We are pleased to announce that MDE Care is currently working to obtain certification as Medical Facilitators with Global Healthcare Accreditation.

We are also working with local authorities to create a professional service adapted to the needs of medical tourism in the region. That is why we are part of the Business Tourism Cluster, an initiative of the Medellin Chamber of Commerce for Antioquia.

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Frequently asked questions about cancer screening

Factors such as family history of cancer, lifestyle (such as smoking, diet and physical activity), exposure to environmental carcinogens, sun exposure, age and pre-existing medical conditions are considered. In addition, some genetic tests can help identify genetic predispositions to cancer. MDE Care specialists take all of these factors into account to make an accurate diagnosis.

Various laboratory tests are used, such as blood tests to detect specific tumor markers, genetic tests to identify genetic mutations related to cancer, and analysis of tissue samples (biopsies) to examine cancer cells under the microscope. These tests, along with the patient's clinical evaluation and medical history, aid in the early detection and accurate diagnosis of cancer.

In advanced stages, screening focuses on identifying the extent and degree of spread of the disease in the body. This may involve more advanced imaging tests, such as positron emission tomography (PET) scans or bone scans, which provide detailed information about the location and spread of the cancer. In addition, biopsies of tissues near the tumors may be performed to confirm the diagnosis and assess the presence of metastases.

It is essential to establish a treatment plan in collaboration with a specialized medical team. This may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or other specific therapies depending on the type and stage of cancer. In addition, emotional and psychological support is provided to help manage the impact of the diagnosis. Detailed information about treatment, side effects and palliative care options is provided.

The time it takes to receive cancer screening test results can vary depending on the type of test performed and the laboratory processing the test. In some cases, results may be available in a matter of days, while in other more complex cases, such as biopsies, it may take several weeks.

If your cancer screening tests show indeterminate results, it is critical to contact your doctor to understand the situation. In some cases, repeat testing or additional testing may be necessary to obtain clearer results. It is important to remain calm and follow medical advice to properly address any uncertainty in the diagnosis.

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