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Tests to stage

You may have one or more of these tests if you have been diagnosed with kidney cancer. They can tell your doctor the stage of the cancer. The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread.

Chest x-ray

You might have a chest x-ray to check your general health. This is to make sure you are well enough to have a particular treatment.

CT scan

A CT scan can show the size of your cancer, and whereabouts it is. Find out about having your scan.

MRI scan

You might have an MRI scan to check the size of your cancer and whereabouts it is. See how you have this test.

Bone scan

What a bone scan is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Kidney biopsy

What a kidney biopsy is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Blood vessel tests

You might have tests to look at the blood vessels and blood flow in and around your kidney. See why and how you have them.

Last reviewed: 
03 Jan 2019

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