NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Part 2: Overview of cancer tests
2.1 General health tests
Describes a medical history and physical exam.
2.2 Tumor tissue tests
Describes the tests of skin and tumor tissue to
check for cancer cells.
2.3 Lymph node tissue tests
Describes the tests that check for cancer in
groups of special disease-fighting cells.
2.4 Blood tests
Describes common signs of disease that are
found in blood.
2.5 Imaging tests
Describes the tests that take pictures of the
inside of the body.
Lists helpful webpages along with questions to
ask your doctor about testing.
Treatment planning starts with testing. The tests used
for melanoma skin cancer are described on the next
pages. This information can help you use the treatment
guide in Part 6. It may also help you know what to
expect during testing. Not every person with melanoma
will receive every test listed.