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Tests to diagnose

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.

Biopsy

What happens when you have a biopsy for mouth or oropharyngeal cancer.

Testing your lymph nodes

Get information on having a fine needle aspiration to test your lymph nodes, including what happens during the test and afterwards.

X-rays

Find out about having an x-ray, what happens and what happens after.

Tests to stage

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread.

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