What is the role of lab tests in the workup of soft-tissue tumors?

Updated: Dec 03, 2018
  • Author: Vinod B Shidham, MD, FRCPath; Chief Editor: Omohodion (Odion) Binitie, MD  more...
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Other than histologic and cytogenetic analysis, no specific laboratory tests exist for diagnosing soft-tissue tumors. However, ancillary studies may be indicated as part of the general workup in patients with other systemic conditions.

The National Comprehensive Cancer network has issued guidelines on genetic testing for soft-tissue sarcoma (see Soft-Tissue Sarcoma Guidelines).


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