Diagnosing Cancer

If we suspect cancer, we need a quick and accurate diagnosis, and staging, for successful treatment. We may use laboratory tests, advanced imaging, such as our 64-slice CT and PET scanners, or biopsy, a diagnostic surgical procedure.

Specialized Screening Programs


Our deNicola Breast Health Center uses advanced screening technology for early detection of breast cancer and proactive treatment. With 3D mammography, our radiologists can examine breast tissue one layer at a time for a more accurate reading. 

Lung Cancer Screening 

Lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in New Hampshire,  can be treated if found in its earliest stages. Lung cancer screening with low-dose CT (computed tomography) scans, and follow-up care, significantly lowers lung cancer deaths. Talk to your doctor about scheduling a lung cancer screening if you:

  • Are 55 to 80 years old

  • Smoke 30 packs of cigarettes a year

  • Currently smoke or quit in the past 15 years

We are designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology Learn more about our Lung Cancer Screening Program.

Other Screening Programs

Diagnostic screenings can help find cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more successful. Learn more about the other screening programs we offer for colon and rectal, skin, prostate and cervical cancers.
Second Opinions 

We offer second opinions at Southern New Hampshire Health or through our clinical partner, Massachusetts General Hospital. Thoracic oncologists from MGH, for example, host several clinics per month at SNHH. These doctors, specialists who treat lung and chest cancer, review your diagnosis and treatment plan.