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Colorectal Cancer: Managing Your Medical Care: Diagnosis to Treatment: Stage IV

Additional Tests Which May Be Recommended

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Additional tests you may be requested to take include the following. If one of these tests is recommended, click on the link to learn about the test, including any preparation and possible after effects. 

  • A biopsy
  • Blood tests
  • Chest X-Ray 
  • Colonoscopy
  • CT scan
  • Double Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) 
  • Liver function tests
    • Liver function tests are blood tests that measure certain proteins and enzymes in blood. Blood samples are obtained through a thin needle inserted into the arm. The samples are usually taken at a doctor’s office during a physical exam.
    • The main reason for liver function tests is to see if the liver is healthy enough to undergo chemotherapy treatment.
    • If colorectal cancer has spread (metasticized) to the liver, blood tests also indicate whether liver function is compromised. If it is, the tests also indicate by how much.
  • MRI scan
  • Oncotype DX 
  • PET Scan 
  • Sigmoidoscopy

 It is also helpful to know who the professionals are who you are likely to run into, and what each of them does. To learn about them, click here.

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