Q: Can a doctor diagnose colon and rectal cancer through blood tests?
A:If your doctor learns you are experiencing any symptoms of colorectal cancer, he or she may request that blood tests be done to better understand what is causing the symptoms. Though useful in helping find the root of your symptoms, blood test results have no way of indicating whether or not you have colon and rectal cancer. Therefore a doctor cannot diagnose you with colorectal cancer by blood work alone.
Currently, there is no way of diagnosing colorectal cancer without tissue being removed and tested for cancer by a pathologist. However, your doctor may wish to perform other diagnostic tests to further evaluate the possibility of colorectal cancer before performing a biopsy. Some of these tests include colonoscopies, flexible sigmoidoscopies, and double-contrast barium enemas.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer in Georgia and feel it was discovered late or originally missed by your doctor, please request a copy of our free book, I Have Cancer…Should It Have Been Caught Earlier?, and contact an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice and colorectal cancer lawyer at the Dover Law Firm at 770-518-1133 to discuss your situation.