Which lab studies are performed in the workup 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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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. Studies may include the following:

  • Complete blood cell count

  • Serum chemistries

  • Liver function tests

  • Renal function tests

  • Serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) level


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