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Tests to stage

After diagnosis, you have further tests to find out how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. This tells you the stage of your cancer.

The stage helps your doctors to decide the best treatment for you. 

CT scan

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

PET scan

Find out what a PET scan is, how and why you might have it. 

MRI scan

This scan can show up the soft tissues in your body very clearly. Find out how you have an MRI scan and what happens afterwards.

Chest x-ray

You might have a chest x-ray to check whether cancer has spread, or before having surgery. Find out what to expect.

Bone scan

You might have a bone scan to check for any signs that cancer has spread to your bones. Find out how you have it. 

Last reviewed: 
02 Sep 2014

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