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Would blood tests diagnose testicular cancer?

Would blood tests diagnose testicular cancer?

Some can help..: The diagnosis of testicular cancer requires a tissue biopsy to determine that cancer is present and the specific type. There are some tumor markers for testicular cancer that can be detected in the blood to help determine response to chemotherapy and disease activity. These are not present in all patients with testicular cancer and are not used for the actual diagnosis of the cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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A condition in which some element of your skin which is one of the most complex organs in the body, degenerates into cancer, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more


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Are occult blood tests for colon cancer reliable?

Are occult blood tests for colon cancer reliable?

Screening: It is a good start specially of yo had before and they were normal. ...Read more

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How many doctors run tests for colorectal cancer detection?

How many doctors run tests for colorectal cancer detection?

Just two: Your doctor after examination test your stool for occult blood and performs colonoscopy for presence or absence of colon cancer, if you are 40 or over please get it done, even if you don't have symptoms. ...Read more

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Are occult blood tests for colon cancer effective?

Are occult blood tests for colon cancer effective?

Guaiacs-: Are actually tests of thin films of stool to discern if there is hidden blood beneath visiblity, so-called "occult blood". It is a great screen, that if positive leads to a closer, less comfortable, more expensive test: colonoscopy. After 50, you get one per decade without occult blood in stool! ...Read more

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Are cea markers reliable for metastic colon cancer ?

Are cea markers reliable for metastic colon cancer ?

Depending how used: CEA first identified in 1965 by Phil Gold and Samuel O. Freedman in human colon cancer extracts. Thought to be valuable for dx colorectal Ca but the glycoprotein is also expressed in inflamed tissue so that smoking and enema can cause rise. Best used for monitoring so that if present in primary and rises it represents treatment failure and if diminishes during treatment it represents a response. ...Read more

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What tests are done to detect lung cancer?

What tests are done to detect lung cancer?

Variety: Depends on risk factors. The more risk factors you have the more serious the investigation. Baseline CXR, possibly CAT scan, sputum samples, up to bronchoscopy with washings and possible biopsy or guided needle biopsy for findings. Currently even starting genetic analysis of tumors to help predict response to chemo/radiation. If really worried start with Pulmonologist ...Read more

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Are CT Scans accurate at discovering cancer?

Are CT Scans accurate at discovering cancer?

So-so: It depends where, how big the cancer is, and so forth. The new CT scans pick up lung cancers that are quite small -- most of the "cures" of tumors found this way may be of non-aggressive tumors. A scan can pick up a mass suspicious for cancer but of course tissue's required for certainty. ...Read more

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Can any diagnostic tests detect liver cancer in early stages?

Can any diagnostic tests detect liver cancer in early stages?

Yes. Imaging. : The 2 biggest risk factors for primary liver cancer (hcc) are cirrhosis and viral hepatitis. Hcc is often detected by imaging studies performed periodically in patients with cirrhosis. These screening tests may include an ultrasound, ct scan or mri. A tumor marker (AFB) is also checked by drawing a blood sample. Early liver cancer can be cured with resection or, more often, liver transplant. ...Read more

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What are available screening tests for colorectal cancer?

What are available screening tests for colorectal cancer?

'scopes, X-rays, etc: A number of different screening tests are available for colon ca. They include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, ct colonography (virtual colonoscopy), and fecal occult blood testing. The pro's and con's of each are described here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/colorectal-screening. ...Read more

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Do pathologists automatically screen blood tests for cancer?

Do pathologists automatically screen blood tests for cancer?

Blood tests: Some blood tests are screens for serum markers of malignancy, and some blood tests are to assess the cells of the blood for irregularity (leukemia). Pathologists interpret these tests. However, if your question means, for example, if you have blood drawn for cholesterol levels, do pathologists also look at that same sample for possible cancer, the answer is no. ...Read more

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What are available screening tests for colon cancer?

What are available screening tests for colon cancer?

'scopes, X-rays, etc: A number of different screening tests are available for colon ca. They include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, ct colonography (virtual colonoscopy), and fecal occult blood testing. The pro's and con's of each are described here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/colorectal-screening. ...Read more

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What screening tests are used for colorectal cancer?

What screening tests are used for colorectal cancer?

Polyp detection and: Removal. Almost all colon cancers arise in polyps and colonoscopy is the best method for detection of polyps as well as colon cancers. Other methods are testing for occult blood in stool, barium enema and 3d ct scans. ...Read more

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How accurate are tests these days. Like hiv. Stool test. Cancer test.

How accurate are tests these days. Like hiv. Stool test. Cancer test.

Lab tests: Are only as good as the doc who interprets them an then treats. If the lab is federally certified it has met certain standards. Using the same lab for comparison to previous testing is best. So, lab testing can be extremely helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the criteria for determining malignancy in melanoma? Aren't all melanoma malignant?

What are the criteria for determining malignancy in melanoma?  Aren't all melanoma malignant?

Yes: All melanomas are considered malignant however they have different levels of metastatic potential. This means that some melanomas have the ability to spread to other parts of the body while others, especially in situ melanomas, have little or no risk of metastasis. ...Read more

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What blood test detect testicular cancer?

What blood test detect testicular cancer?

Usually an adept: Hand examining the scrotum is the beginning, but you are likely referring to Alpha -feto-protein (embryonal and yolk sac tumors) and HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) choriocarcinoma, germinoma, and teratoma. Seminoma may not produce either, and never afp. These occur in all ages, but especially young men teens and twenties. ...Read more

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What further tests are done after melanoma is diagnosed?

What further tests are done after melanoma is diagnosed?

Risk factors dictate: The most important treatment step after diagnosis is to be seen and evaluated by someone experienced in melanoma care. Most often, surgery is the next step. For riskier cases, imaging studies like a pet scan may be indicated. The main point is to determine how risky the melanoma is and then tailor any tests performed and surgical decision making to this risk profile, . ...Read more

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Thyroid antibody test very high, cancer?

Thyroid antibody test very high, cancer?

Not necessarily: It could be a signal just of inflammation in the thyroid or a recent infection. To be sure, have it retested in about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Melanoma?

What are some of the tests for Melanoma?

BIOPSY: The mainstay is the biopsy. Additional testing is done as indicated following the results. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intraocular melanoma?

What are the tests for intraocular melanoma?

Eye exam: An eye examination by an ophthamologist is usually how the diagnosis is made. More detailed examination by a specialist in retinas or ocular oncology may follow. A biopsy can be done by the specialist. ...Read more

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What further tests are done after melanoma is diagnosed?

Risk factors dictate: The most important treatment step after diagnosis is to be seen and evaluated by someone experienced in melanoma care. Most often, surgery is the next step. For riskier cases, imaging studies like a pet scan may be indicated. The main point is to determine how risky the melanoma is and then tailor any tests performed and surgical decision making to this risk profile, . ...Read more

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What tests are usually done after a melanoma is discovered?

What tests are usually done after a melanoma is discovered?

Surgery, evaluation: First priority is to excise the melanoma completely. Further treatment depends on how thick the tumor turns out to be. For very thin ones no further tests are necessary. For thicker ones a sentinel node study is often done, although this is controversial since a clear benefit has not yet been demonstrated. If there is evidence that the tumor has spread, a full-blown workup is ordered. ...Read more

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Will the biopsy test be big or near the site of the melanoma?

Will the biopsy test be big or near the site of the melanoma?

See full answer: Unless the lesion is relatively big (greater than 1/2 inch), the dermatologist will usually numb it and then do a shave biopsy to remove it. Bigger lesions usually have small ares biopsied. ...Read more

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When they do a test for melanoma?

Unclear questions: We all need to watch for pigmented skin lesions. If there is a change in size, shape, nodule formation, bleeding, change in color, the lesion needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Diagnsis requires removal of the lesion and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Can an advanced melanoma that has spread in all the body have signs in normal blood test?

Yes: Lactate dehydrogenase (ldh) can be elevated in metastatic melanoma. When it is, it is a poor prognostic sign. Another, less proven, test is called tumor antigen 90 (ta-90). It is thought by some to be elevated in advanced melanoma. I have found it to be nonspecific and no longer use it in my practice, however. ...Read more

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Test while in hosp. Show vit. D level at 9. Hosp. Gave me a shot. Should i be concerned? How much should I take in a supp. Hist of malig. Melanoma.

Need a prescription: Normal vitamin d levels are generally considered to be between about 30 and 100. A level 20 - 30 would be "insufficiency" while a level less than 20 is usually thought of as a deficiency. For very low levels, weekly supplements of 50, 000 units are often given, but these are only available by prescription. ...Read more

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How much for a check up to test for melanoma?

Many factors: The cost depends on whether or not a biopsy is done, and the extent of the non-biopsy part of the examination, modified by the coding, complexity, insurance carrier, and metropolitan location. ...Read more

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What kind of tests are done in the follow-up for melanoma skin cancer?

What kind of tests are done in the follow-up for melanoma skin cancer?

Skin exams: Complete skin examinations at least four times a year. Once you develop one melanoma, you are at risk for developing an additional melanoma. Also depending on the level of risk associated with your particular melanoma imaging may be ordered to assess for the development of distant disease. ...Read more

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I need to know what is involved in a vulvar biopsy test for melanoma?

I need to know what is involved in a vulvar biopsy test for melanoma?

Local anesthesia: Usually local anesthesia and a small incision. You may have a couple of stitches, but you may have a shave biopsy, where the lesion is shaved off and left to heal on its own. Depends on size and location. ...Read more

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Mole growing back after it was completely cut off. Does it need test for melanoma?

Mole growing back after it was completely cut off. Does it need test for melanoma?

Maybe: Best to have it looked at by a dermatologist. Also - was the original mole sent to a pathologist to look at it under a microscope? ...Read more

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Should i get a biopsy of my mole to test for melanoma?

Should i get a biopsy of my mole to test for melanoma?

Possibly: At 43 years old, it is possible that your mole could be something more, if: it has changed in size, shape, color, or sensation. If any of those qualities has changed, seek your doctor's help for referral to a qualified dermatologist now. Early treatment and diagnosis is the key to successful therapy. ...Read more

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Mole on back is itching,aching with pain, constantly sensitive around it too. melanoma? and will any derma do biopsy if i ask? will they test it??

Mole on back is itching,aching with pain, constantly sensitive around it too. melanoma? and will any derma do biopsy if i ask? will they test it??

See dermatologist: Change in a mole should prompt a visit to the dermatologist for examination. Sometimes the change can signal cancer, so please do not ignore this. ...Read more

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I have 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck and history of melanoma is a CBC and chest X-ray enough tests? X-ray was clear lymphocytes high on cbc

I have 2 swollen lymph nodes in neck and history of melanoma is a CBC and chest X-ray enough tests? X-ray was clear lymphocytes high on cbc

See your doc: I would bring these lymph nodes to the attention of your surgeon. If they appear suspicious a biopsy would be performed to obtain a diagnosis. ...Read more

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2 swollen lymph nodes in neck history of melanoma CBC normal apart from high lymphocytes chest X-ray normal, doc not doing any more tests, worried.

Questions: Lots of questions to help figure this out. Where are the nodes, where was the melanoma, how deep was it and how was it treated? How long ago was the melanoma found? If the nodes are in the drainage basin of the primary melanoma, that is more cause for worry than if they are elsewhere. ...Read more

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What is melanoma?

What is melanoma?

Skin cancer: Melanoma is a cancer that develops in the melanocytes, pigmented cells of the outer layer of skin. While it is related to sun and uv radiation, it is possible to get melanoma in areas that receive minimal sun exposure. Melanoma is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer, more likely to metastasize than the more common basal or squamous cell cancers. ...Read more

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What is a melanoma?

A type of skin cance: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the skin. In general, it is more malignant than the other two common skin cancer types (basal cell and squamous cell), but early melanoma has a good prognosis. Look online for the abcde for diagnosing melanoma. If you have a suspicious mole - have it checked out by a deramatologist. It could save your life! ...Read more

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How is melanoma diagnosed?

How is melanoma diagnosed?

Learn your ABCD's: Definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy. Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

A type of cancer that develops from pigment-containing ...Read more