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Diagnosis of anal cancer

The diagnosis is confirmed by taking a sample of the lump or suspicious region, and having this examined under a microscope by a specialist. The biopsy may be taken in the out patient clinic, but usually a full examination of the area is undertaken whilst the patient is under anaesthetic. This allows a much more thorough examination to be done. The biopsy can be taken during this procedure.

 

Other tests that are done include a CT scan of the chest, abdomen and pelvis, and an MRI scan of the pelvis.

Last updated 02/12/2008

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