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Tests to stage

These tests can show the position of your cancer, how big it is and whether it has spread. This tells you the stage of your cancer.

Vocal cord examination

Your doctor might do further tests to see how your vocal cords move when you make certain sounds. See how you have this test.

CT scan

A CT scan can show the size of a cancer and whether it has spread. See how you have this test.

MRI scan

You might have this test to check the lymph nodes in your neck. See how you have an MRI scan.

PET-CT scan

This test combines a CT scan and a PET scan. You might have it to check whether cancer has spread.


An ultrasound scan can show whether a cancer has spread. See what it is and how you have it.

Last reviewed: 
25 Jun 2018
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