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Methods of Testing for Mesothelioma


Mesothelioma

He often said that the diagnosis of mesothelioma is more art than science. To make an accurate diagnosis, doctors usually must rely on a series of medical tests, each of which provides various pieces of the puzzle. This is especially true for complex diseases like cancer, including mesothelioma.

Blood tests: Blood tests are a relatively new method for the diagnosis of mesothelioma. Doctors discovered that the cause of mesothelioma unique proteins known as molecular markers to enter the bloodstream. These markers can be used to diagnose mesothelioma and to monitor progress.
X-rays: The diagnosis of tumors of almost any kind usually comprises a series of X-rays. These allow doctors to measure your chest or abdomen to see if the mass began to grow. X-rays, as a rule, only preliminary tests that require more sophisticated testing methods to be followed.
CT: Computed Tomography (CT) technology is similar to X-Ray, but also creates a more three-dimensional picture. CT can be used to initially find a cancer or to monitor the patient during his or her treatment.
PET scan: Positron emission tomography imaging technique that involves injecting mildly radioactive tracer into the bloodstream. This tracer is monitored as it progresses through the body, allowing doctors to monitor internal functions. For mesothelioma patients, this process is often used to distinguish between healthy and cancerous cells.
Biopsy: A biopsy is a very common procedure in the diagnosis of cancer. It involves removing part of the physical growth so that tissue can be carefully studied. This procedure is used to determine the mass in the body of cancer or there are other reasons.
New Methods: The methods of diagnosis of mesothelioma is constantly updated and improved. New methods for conducting blood tests, biopsies and other procedures allow doctors to get quicker and more reliable results.

If your doctor has recommended tests for mesothelioma, do not panic. Most of these tests are completely painless and only involves minimal discomfort. If you are concerned about side effects of certain procedures, talk to your doctor about ways to minimize them.



  Publication date: 17 September, 2010





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