Jefferson University Hospitals

Tests & Treatments

  • Biopsy
    A biopsy is a procedure performed to remove tissue or cells from the body for examination under a microscope.

  • Bloodless Liver Resection
    A much safer alternative to traditional surgery for treating localized liver cancer or another liver disease.

  • Bone Marrow Transplant
    If you have been diagnosed with leukemia, aplastic anemia, lymphoma or another type of cancer, you may be a candidate for this transplant.

  • Brachytherapy
    Has been shown to be highly effective in treating many types of cancer, and is particularly effective for small, localized tumors.

  • Breast Reconstruction
    Breast reconstruction surgery procedures after breast cancer treatment offered by the Jefferson plastic surgeons performing thousands of procedures including advanced breast reconstructive surgery.

  • Bronchoscopy
    A pulmonologist performs a test called bronchoscopy to diagnose several lung diseases, cancers, infections, nodules or blockage by a tumor.

  • CAR-T Immunotherapy for Cancer
    Cancer immunotherapy with chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, or CAR-T therapy, is FDA-approved for patients with two kinds of blood cancers, adult B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

  • CT Scan
    A series of X-rays that can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body in 3-D is known as a CT scan.

  • Chemoembolization
    The purpose of chemoembolization is to inject chemotherapy drugs into the hepatic artery that supplies blood to the tumor in the liver. The artery is then often embolized - or blocked off - with tiny particles.

  • Chemotherapy
    Chemotherapy has the ability to reach cancer that may have spread, even microscopically, throughout the body.

  • Colposcopy
    If your routine pelvic examination shows cervical or vaginal problems or your Pap test is abnormal, your gynecologist may recommend a colposcopy.

  • Craniotomy
    Craniotomy involves removing a bone flap, a section of the skull, to access the brain.

  • Cryotherapy
    Cryotherapy treatment is used to target nerves in various conditions.

  • CyberKnife
    CyberKnife is an innovative, noninvasive treatment option for cancer. This leading-edge technology targets and eradicates many types of tumors.

  • Cystectomy
    This procedure can be done robotically utilizing the da Vinci® surgical system, which allows the surgeon to view the surgical area in high definition, making the bladder removal operation very precise.

  • Cystoscopy
    Our urologists use both conventional white light cystoscopy and the newer blue light cystoscopy to diagnose problems with the urinary tract, bladder and the urethra.

  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging
    This imaging technology, performed by neuroradiologists, can help our surgeons better determine the location of tumors for removal.

  • Dilation & Curettage
    Dilation and curettage (D & C) is a gynecological surgical procedure in which your cervix is dilated and the lining of the uterus is scraped away.

  • Distal & Total Pancreatectomy
    A distal pancreatectomy is a procedure in which the tail and body of the pancreas are removed, usually along with the entire spleen, whereas a total pancreatectomy is a seldom-used procedure that removes the entire pancreas and spleen.

  • Esophagectomy
    While esophageal cancer is rare in the United States, the traditional surgical treatment has been an esophagectomy, where your chest is opened in order to remove the tumor along with a portion of the esophagus, nearby lymph nodes and other tissue in the area.

  • Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization (FISH)
    This testing technique is used to identify particular DNA sequences in cells, tissues and tumors that may be cancerous.

  • Gamma Knife
    Our physicians are able to use the Gamma Knife system to precisely direct radiation to the problem area while sparing healthy tissue.

  • Gene Therapy
    Gene therapy, still in the early research stages, is showing some promise in the treatment of certain types of brain tumors.

  • Glossectomy
    During a glossectomy, a portion of the tongue is removed with a small area of surrounding normal tongue tissue to ensure that all of the cancer is removed.

  • Hepatic Arterial Pumps
    If you have metastatic colon cancer (cancer that has spread to other areas), you may benefit from a hepatic arterial pump.

  • Herbal Medicine
    Medicines made from plant extracts offer a different and frequently very helpful way to treat pain and illness.

  • Homeopathic Medicine
    Homeopathic medicine is intended to stimulate the body's own healing abilities and utilizes a wide range of mostly naturally occurring substances such as plants and minerals.

  • Hysterectomy
    If you have severe fibroid tumors, endometriosis, cancer or endometrial hyperplasia, you and your physician may decide that a hysterectomy is the right treatment for you.

  • Immunotherapy
    If you deal with allergies on a daily basis or are diagnosed with skin cancer, colorectal cancer or other type of cancer, your physician may recommend immunotherapy to fight your disease or protect your body from treatment side effects.

  • Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
    IVP is used to evaluate kidney function, the presence of kidney disease, ureteral or bladder stones, enlarged prostate, trauma or injury and tumor.

  • Kidney, Ureter & Bladder X-ray
    A kidney, ureter and bladder X-ray is performed to diagnose the cause of abdominal pain, such as masses, perforations or obstructions.

  • Laparoscopic & Robotic Radical Prostatectomy
    A laparoscopic prostatectomy is a less invasive prostate cancer treatment that urologists at Jefferson can offer patients suffering from prostate cancer in the Philadelphia area.

  • Laparoscopic Gastrectomy
    Unlike traditional stomach surgery, this procedure utilizes a series of small incisions to remove the cancerous part of the stomach.

  • Laryngoscopy with Biopsy
    A laryngoscopy with biopsy is one of many in the work-up and treatment of head and neck cancers at Jefferson.

  • Linear Accelerator (LINAC)
    Linear accelerator (LINAC) machines have been proven to be a safe, effective treatment option for patients with inoperable brain tumors in dangerous locations, such as the optic nerve and brain stem.

  • Liquid Biopsy of Solid Tumors
    Researchers at Jefferson's Medical Oncology Associates at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center have pioneered and implemented new tools to monitor a patient's cancer in real time through a simple blood test.

  • Liver Resection
    For individuals diagnosed with liver cancer, this treatment option offers the best chance for long-term survival or cure.

  • Liver Surgery
    The "bloodless" liver resection technique is improving patients' odds of survival and cutting recovery time in half.

  • Liver Transplant
    Cirrhosis, hepatitis and cancer are just some of the conditions that may result in the need for a liver transplant.

  • Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)
    If your gynecologist finds cervical or vaginal problems during a pelvic exam or your Pap test is abnormal, a LEEP may be recommended.

  • MR Perfusion
    MR perfusion is an imaging procedure that helps to distinguish treatment-related changes from recurrent brain tumors.

  • MR Spectroscopy
    MR spectroscopy is an imaging procedure that helps distinguish brain tumors from other diseases such as abscess, stroke and multiple sclerosis, and also helps the neurosurgeon select the most appropriate place to biopsy certain brain tumors.

  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
    Our specialists often use advanced MRI technology to obtain visual detail of organs and tissues to help detect many conditions.

  • MRI Fusion Prostate Biopsy
    An MRI fusion biopsy can help a urologist determine where the cancer is in the prostate. Jefferson’s radiologists can locate suspected tumors in the prostate with greater accuracy and few samples.

  • Mammogram
    The Jefferson Breast Care Center team provides screening and diagnostic mammograms using an all-digital approach to enables radiologists with specialized expertise in breast imaging to more clearly see abnormalities in the mammogram.

  • Mastectomy
    Our team of oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and other breast cancer specialists will work with you and your family to determine if mastectomy is the best treatment for you or if you would benefit from a breast-sparing procedure such as lumpectomy.

  • Mediastinoscopy
    During a mediastinoscopy, a thoracic surgeon will insert an endoscope through a small incision at the top of your chest to diagnose and stage lung cancer.

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
    Mohs micrographic surgery is one of the most advanced methods used to remove cancerous skin and minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue and the risk of leaving cancerous tissue behind.

  • Myelogram
    A myelogram, also known as myelography, is performed to assess the spinal cord, subarachnoid space or other structures for abnormalities, particularly when another type of examination, such as a standard X-ray, is inconclusive.

  • Neck Dissection
    The purpose of a neck dissection is to remove the lymph nodes in the neck that are at risk as cancer spreads from the main tumor.

  • Nephrectomy
    If you are diagnosed with a tumor of the kidney or another condition that prevents the kidney from functioning properly, a nephrectomy may be required.

  • Neuroendoscopy
    This procedure allows the surgeon to move a probe within the ventricular cavity to the region containing the tumor and then to perform microsurgery, which is carefully targeted surgery that is relatively fast and presents minimal risk to the patient.

  • Orchiectomy
    Orchiectomy is typically done on an outpatient basis and you can typically return to your daily activities within one to two weeks. If you have been diagnosed with testicular or prostate cancer, an orchiectomy may be recommended to remove one or both testicles.

  • PET & PET/CT
    Positron emission tomography (PET) is an imaging study that is most commonly performed for the oncology patient for the diagnosis, staging and restaging of tumors, and for monitoring therapy.

  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
    This treatment is FDA approved for palliation of esophageal cancer and for other esophageal cancers which fail to respond to standard treatment.

  • PleurX Drainage System
    Drain fluid from your abdomen or chest at home and on your own schedule — so you can manage fluid buildup before it becomes too uncomfortable.

  • Radiation Therapy
    If you are concerned with how radiation may affect your health, Jefferson physicians have made great strides in reducing the effects of radiation on normal tissue surrounding the tumor being treated.

  • Radioembolization
    If you have primary or metastatic cancer that has spread to the liver, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is one of the few hospitals in the region to offer radioembolization as a treatment to shrink the tumors.

  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
    Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment of tumors of the liver, kidney, bone and lung; Barrett's esophagus; varicose veins; various pain conditions; and a wide variety of disorders where the heart beats too fast or sometimes irregularly, called cardiac arrhythmia.

  • Rapid Access Radiation Therapy (RAP-PT)
    Rapid Access Radiation Therapy provides pain relief for cancer that has spread to the bone as a source of comfort for patients with advanced cancer. It can be used as an alternative to narcotics or in addition to other pain medications.

  • Robotic Esophageal Mobilization Surgery
    This robotic surgery to treat esophageal cancer improves on conventional minimally invasive techniques by decreasing the number of incisions required to perform the procedure.

  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery & Radiotherapy
    If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, spinal tumor, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or other neurological condition, you can take comfort in knowing that we can provide stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy treatment options.

  • Thoracentesis
    If you are suspected of having lung cancer or other lung diseases, we may perform a thoracentesis in which fluid removed from the sac surrounding the lungs is examined for cancer cells.

  • Total Laryngectomy
    Total laryngectomy is a surgical procedure in which the whole larynx or voice box is removed, and a stoma (opening) is made in the trachea (windpipe) in the front of the neck in which you will breathe through.

  • Tracheal Resection
    Tracheal resection is surgery for patients with a narrowed airway. The narrowed affected area of the windpipe is removed.

  • Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
    If you have been diagnosed with a cancer of the tongue, tonsil, voice box or throat, we offer a new surgical procedure, transoral robotic surgery (TORS), utilizing the da Vinci® robot system.

  • Transurethral Needle Ablation
    If you are suffering with urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), we can offer transurethral needle ablation as a potential treatment.

  • Ultrasound
    Ultrasounds vary by condition, but consist of high-frequency sound waves to look at organs and structures inside the body.

  • Upper GI Series
    Your Jefferson physician may order an upper gastrointestinal (GI) series to obtain detailed X-ray images of your esophagus, stomach and small intestine to detect abnormalities that might explain symptoms indicative of digestive disease or cancer.

  • Uroflowmetry
    Uroflowmetry may be used to detect the presence of problems with your lower urinary tract, such as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or cancer of the prostate or bladder.

  • VATS Lobectomy
    This state-of-the-art procedure involves inserting specially designed surgical instruments into the chest cavity through small incisions to remove a lobe of your lung.

  • Whipple Procedure & Mini-Whipple
    If you are diagnosed with pancreatic tumors or tumors in your bile duct, your physician may recommend a Whipple procedure or Mini-Whipple.