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Tests to stage

These tests find out more about the size of the tumour, its position and whether it has spread (the stage). You might not have all of them.

CT scan

You usually have a CT scan of your tummy (abdomen) and chest to find out whether the cancer has spread.

PET scan

You might have a PET scan to find out more about the stage of your cancer.

PET-CT scan

Instead of a PET scan, you might have a PET-CT to find out more about your cancer and whether it has spread. 


Laparoscopy is a small operation to look inside your tummy (abdomen). The surgeon looks for signs of cancer spread.

Last reviewed: 
01 Dec 2020
Next review due: 
01 Dec 2023
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