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How do fluid and tissue sample tests help diagnose mesothelioma?

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Mesothelioma is an uncommon cancer that’s closely linked to exposure to asbestos. If you have a buildup of fluid in the body that may be related to mesothelioma, your doctor can remove a sample to check it for cancer cells under a microscope. If cancer cells are found, more tests can confirm if the cancer is mesothelioma.

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital International Mesothelioma Program: "Mesothelioma."

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Malignant Mesothelioma: How Is Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosed?"

National Cancer Institute: "Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital International Mesothelioma Program: "Mesothelioma."

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Malignant Mesothelioma: How Is Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosed?"

National Cancer Institute: "Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 15, 2019

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