Blood Tests & Tumor Diagnostic Tests


Patient Guide to Tumor Markers

A tumor marker is a substance that is produced by a cancer, or by the body itself because cancer is present. Tumor markers are commonly used in cancer care to monitor treatment response or for recurrence of cancer, but they must be part of a bigger picture, including physical exam, patient symptoms and radiology studies.

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

The complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test used to check a person’s general health. A CBC may be ordered as part of a routine exam or as part of a work-up when a person is having issues such as feeling tired, bleeding or infection.

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is a blood test. It tests up to 14 values. It is used to see how organs like your kidneys and liver are working.

Liver Function Test (LFT)

LFTs are a group of tests that are looked at to see how healthy the liver is, any causes of illness and how serious the illness is. LFTs are performed by taking a sample of blood.

Blogs

Understanding Cancer Risk Part 6: Cancer Screening Tests
by Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN, AOCN
February 8, 2019

NET Cancer: “If you don’t suspect it, you can’t detect it!”
by Christina Bach, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
November 10, 2017

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