Testing & Diagnosis for Synovial Sarcoma in Children

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The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis.

How does a doctor know that it’s synovial sarcoma?
Your child’s physician may use one of more of the following tests to determine the exact type of tumor your child has and whether the tumor has spread. These may include a:

  • physical exam, including checking the area where the tumor is located and other possible areas of involvement
  • x-rays to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to produce detailed images of the area where the tumor is located
  • 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 an image-guided needle biopsy.
  • bone scan to detect bone involvement
  • complete blood count (CBC), which measures size, number and maturity of different blood cells in a specific volume of blood.
  • Other blood tests including blood chemistries

After we complete all necessary tests, our experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned about your child’s condition. Then we will meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options.


Coping and support


In addition to providing medical care, we strive to also meet all of your family’s emotional and quality-of-life needs. We know that unfamiliar places, especially hospitals, often create anxiety and fear for a child. We also know this isn’t an easy time or task for parents, who have their own fears and concerns about the situation. Our family support services will help address many of your needs and concerns. Read about our resources and support services.




 

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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