As of April 20, Shenandoah Oncology will reopen our clinic after a temporary closure. During the time of our closure, our facilities were extensively cleaned and sanitized. Additionally, we have completed a comprehensive evaluation and response coordinated with the Virginia Department of Health and have concluded that it is safe to resume treatment in our clinic. The wellbeing of our patients continues to be our top priority. We are instating additional preventive measures to ensure a safe care environment, including:

  • Enhanced screening of anyone entering the facility.
  • Requirement of anyone entering the building to wear a face covering. We will provide procedure masks to patients.
  • The operational flow in our building has been modified to allow maximize spacing between individuals in our facility.

We know how difficult and stressful this time is for patients and their families. Our care team will continue to evaluate the most appropriate way to provide continued treatment for each patient during the pandemic, whether in person at our office or by telemedicine. We’re here for you! Always.

Disease & Drug Information

Sarcoma Diagnosis

If a soft tissue sarcoma is suspected, a biopsy will be done. The type of biopsy will be based on the size and location of the tumor. There are three types of biopsies commonly used. Your physician will choose the best one for you:

  • Incisional biopsy: The removal of part of a lump or a sample of tissue.
  • Core biopsy: The removal of tissue using a wide needle.
  • Excisional biopsy: The removal of an entire lump or area of tissue that doesn’t look normal.

The following tests may be done on the tissue that was removed:

  • Immunohistochemistry study: is used to tell the difference between different types of cancer.
  • Light and electron microscopy: Used to look for certain changes in the cells.
  • Cytogenetic analysis: Used to look for certain changes in the chromosomes.
  • FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization): A laboratory test used to look at genes or chromosomes in cells and tissues.
  • Flow cytometry: A laboratory test that measures the number of cells in a sample, the percentage of live cells in a sample, and certain characteristics of cells, such as size, shape, and the presence of tumor markers on the cell surface. 
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