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One of the most pressing issues in the treatment of mesothelioma is the ability to quickly identify it and ensure that it is properly addressed. If a doctor is aware that a patient has been exposed to asbestos when the patient starts showing symptoms of mesothelioma, he or she can quickly perform the appropriate tests and make an accurate diagnosis.
The tests a doctor may order to confirm a mesothelioma diagnosis are plentiful and depend on the severity of the symptoms presented. If the cancer is suspected of being in an early stage, the doctor may do what is called a needle biopsy. This procedure is minimally invasive and involves a needle being inserted into the affected tissue. The needle removes a small tissue sample, which is sent for testing. Another biopsy may be performed either through thorascopy or laparoscopy. In these cases, a small incision is made, and a camera is inserted to look at the affected tissue. Like the needle biopsy, the process removes a tissue sample.
If the cancer has presented more aggressively, a doctor may choose to perform an open biopsy through surgery. For this process, the body is opened at the site of the potential tumor, and a sample of tissue is taken for testing. If mesothelioma is found in the tissue, the next step is to determine if it is benign or malignant. If it is cancerous, the patient will typically be referred to an oncologist for further treatment.
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