A 21-year-old member asked:
How is cancer diagnosed?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Either by some symptom (something unusual you feel or notice about yourself - i.e. Pain) or sign (something your doctor notices during an evaluation - i.e. Tenderness on exam) or through a screening test. We currently have approved screeing tests for cervical, breast, colon/rectal, and prostate cancers.
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Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Diagnosed with cancer?
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General Surgery 35 years experience
One Day At A Time: I don't think there is any more devastating news than hearing the word cancer. A few generalizations: 1-throw away any preconceived notions--everyone's cancer is different 2-knowledge is power: the more (accurate)info you get, the better. Good websites include the american cancer society and the national cancer inst. 3-choose a dr. Who you can communicate with 4-take it 1 day at a time. Good luck.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
How is cancer diagnosed in most people?
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Pathology 50 years experience
Too broad a question: Cancer generally presents as a mass in an organ, e.g., breast, lung, colon, prostate, pancreas, liver etc. For a definitive diagnosis the entire lesion or a part of it is removed and examined by a pathologist. Different imaging and biopsy procedures are used for different organs and types of cancers.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
How do you get diagnosed with cancer?
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Gynecologic Oncology 38 years experience
Biopsy: Although scans and exams and lab tests can be suspicious for cancer, the real proof for solid tumors is through a biopsy. For leukemia it would be a bone marrow biopsy. Additional molecular and highly specialized tests can discriminate between sub-types of cancer. One of very few exceptions is gestational choriocarcinoma which can be diagnosed accurately with a blood test and scans.
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