Colon Cancer Detection
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If you potentially have colon cancer, your first steps will be to undergo a physical exam and to provide your physician with your complete medical history. In addition, to help in detecting colon cancer, your physician will ask you questions about the specific colon cancer symptoms you are experiencing, as well as any additional health problems and risk factors that he or she may need to be aware of.
To aid in the colon cancer detection process, your physician may perform a number of tests, including a physical exam, digital rectal exam (DRE), fecal occult blood test (FOBT), complete blood count (CBC), sigmoidoscopy, CT scan, double contrast barium enema, colonoscopy, PET scan and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) testing. These tests provide your physician with the detailed information he or she needs to properly detect and diagnose colon cancer.
Throughout your colon cancer treatment, you will continue to have diagnostic imaging tests to monitor your response to therapy and your treatment plan. After your colon cancer treatment has been completed, you will continue routine diagnostic tests designed to detect any recurrence of colon cancer.
Before becoming a colon cancer patient at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), you must be diagnosed with colon cancer.