We may use the following tests and procedures to help us diagnosis throat cancer:
Physical exam: This exam includes a check of your overall health and an examination of the throat using a small mirror.
Endoscopy: During this procedure, doctors insert a small, thin tube through the mouth or nose. A tiny camera attached to the end of the tube, or endoscope, allows doctors to get a close-up view of the throat.
Biopsy: We may remove tissue samples during an endoscopy. Our pathologists can examine the tissue for signs of cancer.
Imaging tests: We use CT scans, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or PET scans to get detailed pictures of the inside of the throat and determine the extent of any cancer.