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How doctors diagnose nasopharyngeal cancer

Doctors throughout Texas and elsewhere in the country perform a range of tests to diagnose cancer and determine if it has spread, or metastasized, to other areas in the body. The most basic way to diagnose cancer is a physical examination and blood test. The only sure way to detect most common cancers is with a biopsy. This procedure involves removing a small amount of tissue for pathologists to analyze.

Diagnosing cancer

Diagnosing cancer can be difficult, though there are certain steps that Texas doctors can take. When a patient has a potential cancer symptom or a screening test result suggests that the patient might have cancer, the doctor may order a number of different diagnostic tests or procedures in order to make a formal diagnosis.

What to know about skin cancer

Texas residents who are over the age of 50 may be at an elevated risk of Merkel cell carcinoma. However, the majority of those who experience this condition are over the age of 70. Other risk factors for this condition include being a male and having light or fair skin. Those who have immune suppression or spent time in the sun or in tanning beds may also be at a higher risk for this type of cancer.

Lump in the foot could be sign of serious cancer

When someone visits a Texas physician complaining of foot pain or a foot lump, the chances of bone cancer are very low, but the possibility needs to be considered. A physician might easily misdiagnose a malignant form of bone tumor known as osteosarcoma when it appears on the foot of an adult. Physicians tend to expect to see osteosarcoma in other parts of the body and among teenagers.

Treatments available for patients with urea cycle disorders

When Texas patients are facing genetic conditions, there are often multiple different types of treatment available. For patients suffering from urea cycle disorders, for example, the treatment options range from supplements that help their body remove ammonia to liver transplants if the milder treatments do not work.

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