Depending on the location of the tumor, screening for adenocarcinomas may vary. Doctors use a variety of tests to search for irregular cells or polyps that could be cancerous. Regardless of the location or size of the tumor, early detection is key to successful treatment.
These are a few of the procedures used in routine testing for adenocarcinomas:
- Blood tests
- Physical exams
- Imaging tests – CT scan, MRI, PET scan, ultrasound
- Barium swallow
- Pap smear
- Genetic testing
Usually with any of these tests, a biopsy is needed to diagnose the tumor as malignant (cancerous).
Doctors use periodic screenings to detect tumors in the early stages, especially when screening for adenocarcinomas that do not exhibit symptoms.