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Tests to stage

The stage of a cancer means how big it is and whether it has spread. Knowing the stage of the cancer helps your doctor to decide which treatment you need.

After breast cancer is diagnosed you usually have a lymph node ultrasound and biopsy to check the lymph nodes under the arm. You might have one or more of the other tests if cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes or you have symptoms that could be due to cancer spread.

Lymph node ultrasound and biopsy

Find out what a lymph node ultrasound and biopsy is, how you have it and what happens after it.

MRI scan

An MRI scan can show changes in the body by using magnetism and radio waves to create pictures. It can help to show whether breast cancer has spread.

Liver CT scan

A liver CT scan can show changes in the liver caused by cancer or other medical conditions. Find out how you have it.

Liver ultrasound

Find out what a liver ultrasound to stage breast cancer is, how you have it and what happens after it.

Bone scan

Find out what a bone scan to stage breast cancer is. Including how you have it and what happens after it.

CT scan

Find out what a CT scan is, how you have it and what happens after it.

Last reviewed: 
23 Oct 2017

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