Maybe you’re experiencing unusual symptoms, like nausea and extreme tiredness. Or, maybe routine lab work revealed abnormalities such as a low white blood cell count.
Regardless, if your primary care provider (PCP) thinks cancer is to blame, what comes next? How is cancer diagnosed?
- Typically, patients are referred to an oncologist who conducts a series of tests.
- A biopsy will confirm the presence or absence of cancerous cells.
- From there, the oncologist will determine the cancer type and stage, offering insight into how the disease should be treated.
- You should seek out a second opinion from another oncologist to explore all of your treatment options.
In this blog, SERO discusses the referral, diagnosis, and staging processes in more detail. Educating yourself on what to expect during these initial steps can ease the anxiety surrounding a possible cancer diagnosis.