After reviewing your history and conducting a thorough physical exam, Duke Cancer Institute caregivers assess the sarcoma using various imaging tools such as x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT).
The images or pictures obtained can pinpoint exactly where the tumor resides and how it is positioned in the body.
Following the local assessment of the tumor, physicians may take a sample (called a biopsy) using a needle or a small incision.
For tumors that are difficult to see or feel, this may involve a CT-guided needle biopsy. A biopsy can reveal if the cells are cancerous or benign, and the pathologist can tell via examination under a microscope what type of tumor cell is present.
The biopsy will be followed by an assessment of the tumor’s potential spread using CT of the chest and possibly a bone scan.
To make an appointment or refer a patient to the multidisciplinary sarcoma team at the Duke Cancer Institute, call 919-613-5550 or 877-SARC DUKE (877-727-2385).