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Tests to stage

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. Knowing this helps your doctor decide what treatment you need.

To find out the stage of your cancer you might need one or more 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.

Internal examination under anaesthetic

What happens when you have an internal examination to help stage your cancer.

MRI scan

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

Chest x-ray

What chest x-rays are and why you might have one.

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.

Last reviewed: 
30 Sep 2015

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