Blood Tests & Tumor Diagnostic Tests
Understanding a Pathology Report
The article goes over what you will find in a pathology report.
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.
Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH)
LDH levels can indicate if there is cancer or another disease destroying cells in the body.
Testing for Measurable/Minimal Residual Disease (MRD)
This article provides an overview of measurable/minimal residual disease testing and its use in the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Treatment Decision Tools
A treatment decision tool is used to help you learn more about your choices when it comes to your cancer treatment plan.