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How is throat cancer diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The doctor will ask about your medical history and examine your neck and throat. Diagnostic tests may also be used. The doctor may perform an endoscopy, which uses a lighted scope and allows closer examination of the throat or voice box. You may be asked for blood or urine samples to be tested. A variety of imaging tests may also be used, including MRI, CAT scans, PET scans or x-rays. The doctor may also take a tissue sample from your throat that will be tested for cancerous cells. This test, called a biopsy, is the only way to make a definite cancer diagnosis.

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