Learn about the tests doctors commonly use to look for and diagnose cancer, to help determine if it has spread, and to monitor it during treatment.
Doctors use imaging tests to make pictures (images) of the inside of your body. Imaging tests can be used in many ways, including to look for cancer, to find out how far it has spread, and to help determine if cancer treatment is working.
Endoscopy is a medical procedure where a doctor puts a tube-like instrument into the body to look inside.
Waiting to hear about test results can be very stressful - and sometimes it can take a while to get back lab results. But a better understanding of the tests used to diagnose and classify cancer may relieve some of your stress. Remember each patient's situation is different. It's important to ask your doctor questions about your tests to know as much as you can and make the best decisions about your treatment.