Fallopian Tube Cancer Diagnosis
At MD Anderson, we use the most-modern technology and techniques to give you the most-accurate diagnosis for Fallopian tube cancer. Our staff includes highly specialized pathologists, diagnostic radiologists and specially trained technicians.
If you have Fallopian tube cancer, it is important to get a concise diagnosis as soon as possible. This helps increase your chances for successful treatment. However, diagnosing Fallopian tube cancer can be challenging because:
- It is a rare type of cancer
- Symptoms are vague and like those of other conditions
- Finding cancer inside the Fallopian tube is difficult
Fallopian Tube Diagnostic Tests
If you have symptoms that may signal Fallopian tube cancer, your doctor will examine you and ask you questions about your health and your family medical history. A pelvic examination will be done to feel your uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes and vagina. If a mass is found, your doctor will do more tests.
One or more of the following tests may be used to find out if you have Fallopian tube cancer and if it has spread. These tests also may be used to find out if treatment is working.
Imaging tests, which may include:
- Ultrasound of the pelvis
- Transvaginal ultrasound (a special wand inserted in the vagina gives off ultrasound waves)
- CT or CAT (computed axial tomography) scans
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans
- Biopsy: Cells are removed from the Fallopian tubes and looked at under a microscope. This is the only way to find out for sure if you have Fallopian tube cancer. It usually requires surgery.
- CA125 test: This blood test, which is being studied at MD Anderson, checks the levels of CA125, a protein known as a tumor marker for gynecological diseases. A high level of CA125 may mean you should have more tests, but it does not always mean you have Fallopian tube cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with Fallopian tube cancer, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.
Why Choose MD Anderson?
- High level of experience with fallopian tube cancer
- Latest, most advanced treatments for fallopian tube cancer, including minimally invasive surgery
- Highly experienced, skilled surgeons
- Genetic testing for women at high risk of fallopian cancer
- Range of clinical trials of new fallopian tube cancer treatments
Fallopian Tube Cancer Knowledge Center
Fallopian Tube Cancer Staging
(Source: American Cancer Society)
Stage I: The tumor is limited to one or both Fallopian tubes.
Stage II: The tumor:
- Involves one or both tubes
- Has spread to the pelvic area and/or the uterus, ovary or other pelvic tissues
Stage III: The tumor:
- Involves one or both tubes and the pelvis
- Has spread to the abdominal cavity and/or nearby lymph nodes.
Stage IV: The cancer has spread to the lung, liver or other distant organs.
Getting a Second Opinion at MD Anderson
The pathologists at MD Anderson are highly specialized in diagnosing and staging Fallopian tube cancers. We welcome the opportunity to provide second opinions for this complex cancer.
If you would like to get a second opinion at MD Anderson, call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.