When a patient seeks medical help due to symptoms that might indicate mesothelioma, the physician will start by asking the patient’s medical history to learn more about the symptoms and possible risk factors — especially asbestos exposure — and perform a complete physical exam. If mesothelioma continues to be a possibility, the physician will request tests, starting with imaging tests, which include x-rays, radioactive particles, sound waves, or magnetic fields to show the inside of the body and search for suspicious areas, define how far has the cancer spread, or help determine if treatment is working
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