Understanding Your Diagnosis
Digestive Diagnostic Procedures
Detailed information on the most common tests and procedures used to diagnosis digestive disorders
Colorectal Cancer: Diagnosis
If a biopsy shows cancer is present, further tests will most likely be recommended to check if the tumor has spread. These tests include a CT scan of the abdomen and liver MRI scans, or ultrasound, to check if the tumor has spread. Certain blood tests may also be conducted.
Detailed information on biopsy, including the most common types of biopsy such as endoscopic biopsy, bone marrow biopsy, excisional biopsy, incisional biopsy, fine needle aspiration biopsy, punch biopsy, shave biopsy, and skin biopsy
A sigmoidoscopy is a diagnostic test to check the lower part of your colon or large intestine (the sigmoid colon). This part of your colon is close to your rectum and anus.
Colonoscopy is a procedure that lets your healthcare provider check the inside of your entire large intestine or colon.
A barium enema is an imaging test that uses X-rays to look at your lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Your lower GI tract includes the large intestine (colon) and rectum.
- Colorectal Cancer: Newly Diagnosed
Being told you have colorectal cancer can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your healthcare team to help.
- Understanding Your Stage of Colorectal Cancer
The stage of a cancer is how much and how far the cancer has spread in your body. Your healthcare provider uses to decide how to treat the cancer.
- Colorectal Cancer: Your Chances for Recovery (Prognosis)
Prognosis is the word your healthcare team may use to describe your chances of recovering from cancer. Or it may mean your likely outcome from cancer and cancer treatment. A prognosis is a calculated guess. It’s a question many people have when they learn they have cancer.
Colorectal Cancer: Tests After Diagnosis
Tests to help provide more information on your colorectal cancer may include lab tests, blood tests CT scan, MRI, and others.