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What to ask your doctor about bowel cancer tests

Men and women discussing bowel cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • What tests are you going to do?
  • What are you looking for?
  • Will the tests show whether I have cancer?
  • How reliable are the tests?
  • Do I have to do anything to prepare for any of the tests?
  • Are the tests painful?
  • Do any of the tests have after effects?
  • Can I have all the tests as an outpatient?
  • Can I bring someone with me when I have the tests?
  • How long will it take to get the results of the tests?
  • Who will give me the test results?
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Updated: 8 August 2013