1How is PCNSL diagnosed?
Common symptoms that would be cause for further investigations:
Occasionally experiencing any one of the above symptoms does not mean you have a serious condition. If you have two or more of these symptoms with increasingly frequency to should contact your Primary Care Physician for further tests.
Frequently used initial diagnostic methods include:
More advanced Diagnostic tests frequently used to detect a tumor are:
It is not possible to accurately and positively the nature of a suspect mass without some form of biopsy. Depending on the size and location of the mass a minimally invasive “needle biopsy” might be an option other cases may require more significant surgery to obtain a proper tissue sample for pathology testing. There are several significant markers that will distinguish PCNSL from other types of brain tumors (Astrocytomas, Gliomas, Oligodendrogliomas, etc. Only a pathological exam of the tissue can accurately determined. Accurate diagnosis is the most critical step to starting a treatment program! It is not uncommon for people to have and initial diagnoses of a Glioblastoma Multiforme the most frequent and most deadly form of brain cancer. Only a tissue biopsy will offer an accurate diagnosis!