Decorative image

Tests to stage

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

To find out the stage of your cancer you might have one or more of these tests. 

You may also have some of these tests if you have symptoms that could be a sign your cancer has come back after treatment.

Pelvic examination under anaesthetic

This is an internal examination under general anaesthetic. Find out what happens before, during and after the test.

MRI scan

Find out what an MRI scan is and what happens during and after the scan.

CT scan

Information about what a CT scan is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

PET-CT scan

A PET-CT scan combines a CT scan and a PET scan into one to give detailed information about your cancer.

Blood tests

You have blood tests when you're diagnosed with cervical cancer, and regularly during treatment.

Chest x-ray

Find out what chest x-rays are and why you might have one.

Last reviewed: 
17 Jun 2014

Information and help