The first symptoms like tiredness, irritability, pains and fever are not specific and are very similar to those of common diseases. The suspicion of cancer arises when these symptoms persist or when a medical examination reveals certain signs, such as the presence of lymph nodes, enlargement of the liver and spleen.
Doctors request a bunch of tests, such as blood tests, x-rays, ultrasound, or CT scans to clarify the problem. It is through observation of the body tissues under the microscope and other laboratory tests that the cancer is diagnosed.
Once the cancer is confirmed, other tests make it possible to determine if the cancer is located or spread in the body. This is what we call staging. It is important to determine the staging to plan yourselves and evaluate a response to this treatment.