Colon Cancer and Rectal Cancer Diagnostics
Diagnostic testing with the latest technologies is vital for accurately identifying, staging and determining treatment for colorectal cancer. Our patients are evaluated with the most up-to-date cancer diagnostic services.
Some of the tests commonly used to diagnose colorectal cancer include:
- digital rectal exam
- blood tests for complete blood count (CBC), liver function and tumor markers
- sigmoidoscopy, to view inside the anus, rectum and lower third of the colon, remove polyps or tissue for biopsy
- colonoscopy, to see inside entire length of colon and rectum, remove polyps or tissue for biopsy
- barium enema, special x-ray to highlight large intestine
- abdominal CT (computed tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and PET (positron emission tomography) scans
Depending upon physical examination findings, symptoms or laboratory results, other tests also may be recommended.
Diagnostic testing using advanced technology for all types of cancer is available at all Abington Health locations, including Abington Memorial Hospital, Lansdale Hospital, Abington Health Center – Schilling Campus (in Willow Grove) and Abington Health Center – Warminster Campus. If a biopsy is indicated, our Pathology Department offers special expertise in analyzing test results.
Genetic Risk Assessment Program
We offer a colon cancer risk assessment program to help you better understand your colon cancer risk or the risk faced by your family members. For more information, please call the oncology nurse genetic counselor at 215-481-2715.
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