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How are AIDS-related cancers diagnosed?

Doctors use different tests to diagnose different AIDS-related cancers. For example:

  • Lymphoma may require several tests, including blood tests, imaging tests (such as a CT scan or MRI), and biopsy.
  • Kaposi sarcoma may likewise require several tests. Your doctor may check your lymph nodes for swelling, check your skin for lesions, and possibly remove some cells for a biopsy. Your doctor may also want to take x-rays or insert a scope into your mouth, nose, or an incision in your skin to look at your internal organs.
  • Cell changes that can lead to cervical cancer may be detected during a yearly Pap test. Anal cancer may also be detected with an anal Pap test.

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