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What tests can show where colon cancer has spread?

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A chest X-ray can help your doctor see whether the cancer has spread to your lungs.

The computed tomography (CT) scan can show whether the cancer has spread to your lungs, liver, or other organs.

An MRI can show where the cancer has spread inside your abdomen or pelvis.

An ultrasound can show whether the cancer has spread inside your pelvis or to your liver.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Do we know why cancers metastasize to bones?" "Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy," "Reasons for delays in getting your biopsy and cytology test results," "Signs and Symptoms of Bone Metastases," "Signs and Symptoms of Cancer," "What is Metastatic Cancer?"

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis," "Reading a Pathology Report."

Beating Bowel Cancer: "Peritoneal metastases."

Cancer Research UK: "Bowel Cancer Symptoms," "Secondary Cancer in the Lung."

Cleveland Clinic: "Colorectal Cancer."

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada: "Symptoms."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Colorectal Cancer That Has Spread to the Liver."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "About Liver Metastases."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Do we know why cancers metastasize to bones?" "Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy," "Reasons for delays in getting your biopsy and cytology test results," "Signs and Symptoms of Bone Metastases," "Signs and Symptoms of Cancer," "What is Metastatic Cancer?"

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis," "Reading a Pathology Report."

Beating Bowel Cancer: "Peritoneal metastases."

Cancer Research UK: "Bowel Cancer Symptoms," "Secondary Cancer in the Lung."

Cleveland Clinic: "Colorectal Cancer."

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada: "Symptoms."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Colorectal Cancer That Has Spread to the Liver."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "About Liver Metastases."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 17, 2019

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