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Tests to stage

Knowing the stage helps your doctor decide which treatment you need. To find out the stage of your cancer you might need one or two tests. You may also have some of these tests if you have symptoms that could be a sign your cancer has come back after treatment.

CT scan

CT scans take pictures of your body to find out where the cancer is and whether it has spread.

PET-CT scan

Find out what a PET- CT scan is, how you have it and what happens after it.

MRI scan

An MRI scan creates pictures using magnetism and radio waves. It can help to find out where the cancer is and whether it has spread.

Lymph node ultrasound and biopsy

You might have this test to find out if melanoma skin cancer has spread from the skin to the lymph nodes. 

Sentinel lymph node biopsy

How to prepare for a sentinel lymph node biopsy, what happens and what happens after.

Blood tests

Everyone with melanoma should have a blood test to measure their vitamin D level, find out about having blood tests.

Genetic tests on your melanoma cells

Get more information on testing melanoma for genetic changes.

Last reviewed: 
12 Feb 2016

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