Which lab studies are indicated in the workup of suspected rectal cancer?

Updated: Apr 06, 2021
  • Author: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Routine laboratory studies in patients with suspected rectal cancer include the following:

  • Complete blood count
  • Serum chemistries
  • Liver and kidney function tests
  • Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) test
  • Histologic examination of tissue specimens

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