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If a doctor or facility outside Stanford has already given you a diagnosis, we will have your results sent to our pathologists (doctors specializing in cancer diagnosis) for review.
At Stanford, we tailor the diagnostic phase of cancer care to each patient. If you need further testing to complete your diagnosis, your doctor and care team will work with you to determine which tests you need. Tests may include:
Sarcoma Imaging (Radiology) To obtain the most precise understanding of your cancer, your doctor may schedule you for different types of imaging that diagnose cancer. If you have been screened elsewhere and received abnormal results, we may perform additional imaging, if needed.
Sarcoma Biopsy (Pathology) If your imaging or other screening tests show that you may have cancer, you will need a biopsy. This test takes a tiny sample of cells from abnormal areas of tissue.
Genetic Assessment Sarcoma for sarcomas, genetic testing can show whether you have inherited mutations that heightens your family’s risk of developing sarcoma.
Sarcoma Lab Tests (Blood Draws)
Before and during treatment, your doctor will ask you to have your blood drawn and tested at a lab. Blood tests can provide a variety of information, helping to establish your diagnosis and plan your course of cancer treatment.
The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. It’s all done remotely and you don’t have to visit our hospital or one of our clinics for this service. You don’t even need to leave home!
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
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