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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 lung cancer helps your doctor decide which treatment you need. You might need one or more tests to find the stage.

Endoscopic ultrasound

Find out about having an endoscopic ultrasound as part of lung cancer staging.

Mediastinoscopy

Find out what a mediastinoscopy is and how it can help to find the stage of a lung cancer. 

PET-CT scan

Find out about how you have a PET-CT scan to find the size of a lung cancer and whether it has spread.

Liver ultrasound scan

Find out about having an ultrasound scan to see if lung cancer cells have spread to the liver.

Bone scan

Find out about having a bone scan to see if lung cancer has spread to the bone. Read about what it is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

CT scan

Find out what a CT scan is, how it can help to find out whether lung cancer has spread, and how you have it.

MRI scan

Find out what an MRI scan is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Last reviewed: 
31 Jul 2017

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