Doctors may use a variety of laboratory tests if cancer is suspected. In conducting lab tests for cancer, samples of blood, urine, and other bodily fluids or tissue are examined for abnormal cells or tumour markers that may determine whether a person has the disease or has a precancerous condition. Lab tests also may be used to screen high-risk patients, pinpoint the stage of cancer, identify treatment options and evaluate whether the cancer is responding to treatment. Additionally, lab tests are used to determine whether a patient has a cancer recurrence – a disease that has returned to its original location – or whether a new cancer has developed.
For more information about our laboratory tests for cancer, visit our Laboratory website here.