Laboratory

Welcome to Carl Larson Cancer Center Laboratory, and thank you for visiting us. We serve you by performing tests and providing results that help your physician screen for, diagnose, and manage the treatment of health problems. Whether the needs are large or small, routine or complex, physicians and patients can depend on us for access to a full range of the highest quality diagnostic testing. We welcome lab orders from outside ordering physicians in the community.

The Laboratory has Certifications of Accreditation for CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) and COLA (Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation).

The Laboratory department performs diagnostic routine and esoteric testing within our facility. The testing results are used for clinical management of our patients. Highly trained and certified technologists perform the tests with state-of-the–art automated analyzers, they perform manual microscopic and analytical procedures necessary to provide accurate test results. In addition the laboratories supports educational development of employees.

Laboratory Medicine is a multidisciplinary department. It performs thousands of tests annually. Services include high volume chemistry, hematology, coagulation, urinalysis and Flow Cytometry. We are the only laboratory in southern West Virginia to offer Flow Cytometry processed in our laboratory. As part of this approach the Carl Larson Cancer Center Laboratory offers a Comprehensive Assessment for blood and bone marrow disorders.

Thousands of phlebotomies are performed annually by the best and experienced phlebotomist and technologist in the area.

Morphologic review and interpretation of biopsy and peripheral blood continues to be the backbone of oncology diagnostics, and is the basis on which the Carl Larson Cancer Center Laboratory implement technologies to give the clearest, most accurate picture of a patient’s malignancy from original diagnosis to the presence of minimal residual disease.

Every case is managed by a board-certified oncologist/hematologist that works in concert with your family physician to understand the patient’s clinical history. That information is then integrated with the results of any testing to provide diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic guidance for the best patient management and outcome.

We are also affiliated with Labcorp, Pathgroup and many other reference laboratories in the country that gives us access to all the new technologies needed for the best patient care.  Even though we are located in the mountains of West Virginia we have the same diagnostic tools as anyone in the country.  Such as:

Genomic/Next Generation Sequencing/Cytogenomic Array Diagnostics:

Genomic testing helps the physician answer all these questions according to each individual patient and their disease such as:

  • Do I need chemotherapy? (invasive breast cancer)
  • Do I need surgery? (prostate cancer)
  • Do I need additional treatment after surgery? (DCIS breast cancer)
  • Do I have aggressive cancer? (Stage II/II colon cancer)

Genetic Testing

We provide Genetic testing via a blood draw.  Each site is associated with multiple hereditary cancer syndromes.

  • Breast
  • Ovarian
  • Gastric
  • Colorectal
  • Pancreatic
  • Melanoma
  • Prostate
  • Endometrial