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Getting diagnosed

This information is about cancer that starts in the bone (primary bone cancer).

Your GP will ask you about your symptoms including what they are, when you get them and whether anything you do makes them better or worse. They will also examine you. You might have an x-ray. Your doctor will then decide about whether to refer you to a specialist.

If your cancer has spread into bone from another part of the body, it is called secondary bone cancer.

Seeing your GP

Find out what happens when you see your GP and how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Find out when GPs refer people to see a bone cancer specialist.


Find out about screening for bone cancer, and who might have it. 

Tests to diagnose

Find out about the tests used to diagnose bone cancer.

Tests to stage

The stage of a cancer means how big it is and whether it’s spread.

Last reviewed: 
23 Jan 2015

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