Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  24 / 114 Next Page
Show Menu
Previous Page 24 / 114 Next Page
Page Background


NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Breast Cancer - Early-Stage


, Version 1.2016


Treatment planning

Imaging tests

Chest diagnostic CT

CT (




omography) takes many x-rays from

different angles to make detailed pictures. You may

get a CT scan of your chest if you have symptoms

of lung disease. The CT scan can help show if the

symptoms are caused by cancer or another health

problem. Like a breast MRI, a contrast dye may be

used. For the CT scan, you will need to lie face up on

a table that moves through the machine.

Abdominal ± pelvic diagnostic CT or MRI

CT and MRI scans can be used to see the insides of

your abdomen and pelvis. If you have symptoms in

these areas, a scan can help show if the symptoms

are caused by cancer or another health problem. Your

doctors may also order a scan of these areas if the

physical exam, ALP blood test, or liver function tests

suggest a health problem.

Pathology report

A pathologist is a doctor who’s an expert in testing cells to find diseases. This doctor

confirms that cancer is present by viewing a sample of cells with a microscope. When

cancer is found, he or she will do other tests to learn more about the cancer. All lab

results are included in a pathology report that gets sent to your doctors.

Some women get more than one

pathology report. The first report

may include the test results of a

breast biopsy. Other pathology

reports may include test results

of breast tissue removed during

surgical treatment. It’s a good idea

to ask for a copy of your pathology

reports. Also ask your treatment

team any questions about the test

results. These reports are used to

plan treatment.