How is brain cancer diagnosed?
A number of tests will be performed to investigate symptoms of brain cancer and confirm a diagnosis. Some of the more common tests include:
- a physical examination
- imaging tests such as a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- taking a sample of tissue (biopsy) from the brain for examination under a microscope.
Australian Cancer Network Adult Brain Tumour Guidelines Working Party. Clinical practice guidelines for the management of adult gliomas: astrocytomas and oligodendrogliomas. Cancer Council Australia, Australian Cancer Network and Clinical Oncological Society of Australia Inc., Sydney, 2009.