Understanding Your Diagnosis
Diagnostic Procedures for Cancer: Overview
Detailed information on the most common diagnostic procedures for cancer
Cervical Cancer: Diagnosis
Many women don’t have symptoms of cervical cancer. Sometimes your doctor may first see signs of cancer during a pelvic exam or a Pap test.
- Pap Test
For a Pap test, your healthcare provider will collect and examine cells from your cervix. The cervix is the opening to the uterus. He or she will do this test to screen for cervical cancer and other problems.
A cervical biopsy is a procedure to remove tissue from the cervix to test for abnormal or precancerous conditions, or cervical cancer.
- Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)
Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) uses a wire loop heated by electric current to remove cells and tissue in a woman’s lower genital tract. It is used as part of the diagnosis and treatment for abnormal or cancerous conditions.
Your health care provider uses colposcopy to view the opening to the uterus, called the cervix, and the vagina. It uses an instrument with a magnifying lens and a light, called a colposcope.
Grading and Staging of Cancer
Grading and staging cancer helps determine the best treatment.
Cervical Cancer: Stages
Cervical Cancer: Newly Diagnosed
Cervical Cancer: Tests After Diagnosis
Cervical Cancer: Prognosis