Some types of cancer may be detected by routine self-exam or other screening measures before the symptoms become serious.
You can find certain types of cancer without a biopsy. There are a few different ways to do this.
If your doctor says you should get a lymph node biopsy, it's because they need to check for signs of disease, such as cancer.
A bone biopsy is a test that takes a sample of tissue or cells from your bone to check for cancer or other bone diseases.
A nuclear medicine scan uses small amounts of radiation to create pictures of tissues, bones, and organs inside the body.
A bone scan is a nuclear imaging test that can help tell you if you have certain types of bone disease.
Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is a test that "maps" the genetic material in human cells.
One of the reasons correctly diagnosing cancer is so difficult is that some cancers are harder to spot than others.
When you find out that you have cancer, you may feel a flood of emotions, such as disbelief, fear, and anger.
“Scanxiety,” a term people in the cancer community use to describe the nervousness around the time of diagnostic tests.
Pathology reports use technical medical language and jargon, so check with your doctor if you have any questions.
Cancer is typically labeled in stages from I to IV, with IV being the most serious.