Soft tissue sarcomas
How does a doctor know that it’s soft tissue sarcomas?
Diagnostic procedures for soft tissue sarcomas are used to determine the exact type of tumor your child has and whether the tumor has spread. These may include the following.
- Physical exam, including neurologic function tests including: reflexes, muscle strength, eye and mouth movement, coordination and alertness.
- X-rays to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body and/or spine.
- Computerized tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan) to capture a detailed view of the body, in some cases.
- Biopsy or tissue sample from the tumor to provide definitive information about the type of tumor; this is collected during surgery.
- Bone scan to detect bone diseases and tumors as well as to determine the cause of bone pain or inflammation.
- Complete blood count (CBC), which measures size, number and maturity of different blood cells in a specific volume of blood.
- Blood tests including blood chemistries