Getting diagnosed with bone cancer

You usually start by seeing your GP. They will examine you and might refer you for tests or to a specialist. If the tests show that you have a cancer, you have more tests to find out how big it is and whether it has spread. This is called staging.

Seeing your GP

There are some things you can do to get the most out of your GP appointment.

Referral to a specialist for bone cancer

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if you have symptoms that could be due to bone cancer.

Screening for bone cancer

Screening means testing people for early stages of a disease before they have any symptoms.

Tests for bone cancer

You might have one or more of the following tests to diagnose and stage primary bone cancer, or to check how well your treatment is working.

Last reviewed: 
10 Feb 2021
Next review due: 
12 Feb 2024
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