Tests to diagnose secondary breast cancer

There are a number of tests you might have to find out if the symptoms you have are because your cancer has come back.

CT scan for secondary breast cancer

A CT scan is a test that uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body.

Bone scan for secondary breast cancer

You may have a bone scan to show if the breast cancer has spread to the bone. 

Liver ultrasound for secondary breast cancer

Ultrasound scans use high frequency sound waves to create a picture of a part of the body.

X-rays for secondary breast cancer

X-rays use high energy rays to take pictures of the inside of your body. They can show if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

MRI scan for secondary breast cancer

MRI scans can show where the breast cancer has spread within the body.

PET-CT scan for secondary breast cancer

PET-CT is one of the tests you might have to find out more about your cancer and whether it has spread. 

Blood tests for secondary breast cancer

You might have blood tests for secondary breast cancer to look at a range of things, for example, to look at how well your kidneys and liver are working. 

Last reviewed: 
19 Apr 2021
Next review due: 
19 Oct 2024
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