Tests That Help Evaluate Liver Cancer
Once your doctor knows you have liver cancer, you may need other tests to see whether or not the cancer has spread outside of the liver. This allows doctors to determine the stage of the cancer and to design an effective treatment plan. After being diagnosed with liver cancer, you may need one or more of the following tests:
Laparoscopy. This test helps doctors to see tumors on the surface of the liver and whether or not they extend to nearby organs. Laparoscopy is a procedure that uses a thin, lighted tube called a laparoscope. The doctor inserts this tube into your body through a small incision in your abdomen to see the liver and other organs. The laparoscope gives the doctor a good view of many of your internal organs.
Your doctor may also take some samples of your blood for testing: