Which tests are performed following tissue diagnosis confirmation of colon cancer?

Updated: Apr 15, 2020
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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After tissue diagnosis is confirmed, laboratory studies are done with a goal of assessing patients’ organ function (liver, kidneys) in anticipation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and also to estimate tumor burden. Adequate imaging of the chest and abdomen should be obtained for staging purposes, ideally preoperatively.


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