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Diagnosis of colorectal cancer

From Medicineworld.org: Diagnosis of colorectal cancer

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Diagnosis of colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer should be suspected in any one who has unexplained gastrointestinal bleeding. An initial work-up in a person suspected of colorectal cancer should include a digital rectal examination with fecal occult blood testing, colonoscopy and biopsy of any detected abnormalities.

Staging work-up for colorectal cancer
Once a person is diagnosed with colorectal cancer he may have to undergo a staging work-up to determine the extent of the disease. Extent of staging work-up will depend on the stage of the diagnosed colorectal cancer. Basic staging work-up would include, a chest X-ray, CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis, complete blood count, basic chemistry with liver and renal function tests, urinalysis and measurement of carcinoembroyonic antigen (CEA).

Cancer terms:
Axilla: Armpit. Example: The lymph nodes of the axilla may be involved in some patients with breast cancer. Surgery is often undertaken to determine if the lymph nodes in the axilla are involved. See cancer terms for more cancer related terms.

Medicineworld.org: Diagnosis of colorectal cancer

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