How is carcinoma of unknown primary diagnosed?
Your healthcare provider may first perform or order one or more of these standard tests:
- Physical exam and history: Your healthcare provider will first ask about your signs and symptoms then perform a physical exam, looking for lumps, swollen lymph nodes or anything unusual. Your provider will ask about your health history, your family’s medical history, your current health issues and current medications, vitamins and supplements or other treatments.
- Urine test: This test checks the color and contents of your urine.
- Blood studies: This blood test reports higher- or lower-than-normal levels of substances that are released into your blood by your body’s organs and tissues.
- Complete blood count: This blood test checks the numbers and proportion of the red and white blood cells, platelets and hemoglobin.
- Fecal occult blood test: A test uses a microscope to look for even the tiniest amount of blood in your poop (stool).