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How is fallopian tube cancer diagnosed?

In the diagnosis of fallopian tube cancer, the doctor may start with a pelvic exam, which generally involves looking at your uterus, ovaries, vagina, fallopian tubes, rectum, and bladder for oddities in size or shape. In more than half of cases, a pelvic mass is present. Microscopic analysis of the fluid from the vagina or cervix may show that the cancer is present.

You may also get a blood test to measure levels of a protein called CA125, but this test cannot give you a definitive diagnosis. A computed tomography, or CT, scan is an imaging test that allows for visualization of areas inside the body to locate the cancer cells. You may have to drink special dye, or the doctor may wish to inject contrast material, to allow for the tissues to be seen better. Ultrasound is another type of test that allows for visualization of the internal organs through sound waves.

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