You see a specialist at the hospital. They ask you about your medical history and symptoms. They examine you and might look at the back of your throat using a small mirror that they put into your mouth. This is called indirect laryngoscopy. You will also have one or more tests.
Most people will have a biopsy to diagnose mouth or oropharyngeal cancer.
What happens when you have a biopsy for mouth or oropharyngeal cancer.
Get information on having a fine needle aspiration to test your lymph nodes, including what happens during the test and afterwards.
Find out about having an x-ray, what happens and what happens after.
The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread.