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How is appendix cancer diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Appendix cancer is often diagnosed during abdominal surgery done for other reasons and as a result of appendicitis. Doctors may notice signs of cancer and send a sample of tissue to a laboratory for a biopsy, where tissue is examined under a microscope while looking for cancerous cells. Imaging techniques like ultrasound, CT scan and MRI may also discover cancerous masses. These, however, cannot diagnose appendix cancer like a biopsy.

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