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Cancer Diagnostic Service

  • Louise I. Schneider, MD, with a patient


    Louise I. Schneider, MD, a member of the Cancer Diagnostic Service team, discusses next steps with a patient.

  • The Cancer Diagnostic Service at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) can expedite a diagnosis in patients that present with signs or symptoms of cancer and where the appropriate next steps are unclear.

    Our service provides an efficient path to reach a timely diagnosis and avoid unnecessary testing and delays in treatment. The physicians at the Cancer Diagnostic Service will:

    • Thoroughly review patient medical history and records to ensure that they are appropriate for this service
    • Promptly schedule appointments
    • Conduct a comprehensive diagnostic workup with input from consulting oncologists
    • Provide a detailed report to the referring physician regarding findings and next steps
    • Quickly connect patients to the appropriate cancer specialist(s) at DF/BWCC, if required

    At DF/BWCC, we are committed to scheduling patients as soon as possible. Patients are scheduled within five business days of referral to the Cancer Diagnostic Service. Once an appointment is scheduled, our practice assistant works with patients to obtain medical records and, in some cases, to pre-arrange diagnostic tests that are likely to be required.

    During a patient visit, we may order additional diagnostic studies, such as an endoscopy, tissue biopsy, and advanced diagnostic imaging, including an MRI, CT, PET scan, or bone scan.

    Regardless of the outcome, we will provide a report to the referring physician with the outcome of the assessment. If a cancer diagnosis is confirmed, we will assist in scheduling an appointment with the appropriate cancer specialist at DF/BWCC, as requested.

    Refer a Patient

    To refer a patient to the Cancer Diagnostic Service, please call 857-307-5775, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Partners HealthCare physicians may also refer a patient by submitting an Epic order to Ambulatory Referral to DF/BWCC Cancer Diagnostic Service.

    Location

    DF/BWCC Cancer Diagnostic Service
    Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Schuster/Brigham Medical Specialties Suite, ASB11, 2nd floor
    45 Francis Street
    Boston MA 02115

    Our Team

    Our team is comprised of internists and physician assistants from Brigham and Women's Hospital who specialize in diagnostic medicine, along with consulting medical oncologists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    Lindsay C. Carter, MD, MBA
    Medical Director, Cancer Diagnostic Service
    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Louise I. Schneider, MD
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care
    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Kerry L. Kilbridge, MD, MSc
    Consulting Medical Oncologist
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Oreofe O. Odejide, MD, MPH
    Consulting Medical Oncologist
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Cori Kostick, PA-C
    Physician Assistant
    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Luke Arney
    Practice Assistant
    Cancer Diagnostic Service
    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Ryan Leib, MBA
    Director, Ambulatory Practice Management
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute