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Diagnostic Tests for Oral cancer

Oral cancer: Diagnostic Tests

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Oral cancer includes:

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Oral cancer:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Oral cancer:

Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

A head and neck exam, which should be a part of every dental check-up, will allow your dentist to detect early signs of oral cancer. (Source: excerpt from Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

What You Need To Know About Oral Cancer: NCI (Excerpt)

If an abnormal area has been found in the oral cavity, a biopsy is the only way to know whether it is cancer. Usually, the patient is referred to an oral surgeon or an ear, nose, and throat surgeon, who removes part or all of the lump or abnormal-looking area. A pathologist examines the tissue under a microscope to check for cancer cells.

Almost all oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas . Squamous cells line the oral cavity.

If the pathologist finds oral cancer, the patient's doctor needs to know the stage, or extent, of the disease in order to plan the best treatment. Staging tests and exams help the doctor find out whether the cancer has spread and what parts of the body are affected. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Oral Cancer: NCI)

What You Need To Know About Oral Cancer: NCI (Excerpt)

Staging generally includes dental x-rays and x-rays of the head and chest. The doctor may also want the patient to have a CT (or CAT) scan . A CT scan is a series of x-rays put together by a computer to form detailed pictures of areas inside the body. Ultrasonography is another way to produce pictures of areas in the body. High-frequency sound waves (ultrasound), which cannot be heard by humans, are bounced off organs and tissue. The pattern of echoes produced by these waves creates a picture called a sonogram. Sometimes the doctor asks for MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), a procedure in which pictures are created using a magnet linked to a computer. The doctor also feels the lymph nodes in the neck to check for swelling or other changes. In most cases, the patient will have a complete physical examination before treatment begins. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Oral Cancer: NCI)

Diagnosis of Oral cancer: medical news summaries:

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