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Detecting paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer

Pennsylvania doctors can diagnose cancer of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinus in different ways. They can also conduct tests to determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the patient's body. A biopsy is used to determine if cancer is a in a specific area of the body. It entails obtaining a small amount of tissue to have it examined in a laboratory. Biopsies can be used for a majority of cancers, but other means may be recommended if it is impossible to perform the procedure.

When considering what type of diagnostic test to use for cancer, the physician will take into account the type of cancer in question, the symptoms and signs exhibited by the patient, the patient's current medical status and age as well as the outcome of medical tests that were conducted earlier.

A comprehensive medical history and physical examination are needed to help with the diagnosis. The physician will examine the patient's lips, gums, neck and cheeks for the presence of lumps. The presence of any abnormalities in mouth, throat, tongue and nose will be sought using a mirror or light to obtain a clear view of the sites. An endoscopy may be performed to locate the cancer. The physician will insert a thin flexible illuminated tube through a patient's nose or mouth to inspect the neck and head. Sedation may be used to keep the patient relaxed or sleepy.

The failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner can result in a worsened medical condition that could prove to be fatal. People who have been harmed in such a manner might want to discuss their situation with an attorney to see if such failure conceivably constituted medical malpractice.

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