Physical Examination

During the physical examination, the physician will closely observe all external surfaces and palpate various portions of the body. The physical examination can take place in the practitioner’s office or other exam room. The act of palpation involves the application of fingers with light pressure to the body for the purpose of determining the consistency of the parts beneath the surface. The physician will record his/her findings relative to the various body regions- head and neck, thorax, abdomen, lymph nodes, and extremities. A diagnostic impression based on this exam will be documented and may include a possible cancer diagnosis.

Updated: December 28, 2023