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Getting diagnosed

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

Seeing your GP

What to expect when you see your GP, and how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Find out when your GP might refer you to a specialist, and what to expect.

Tests to diagnose

Read about the tests you might have to find out the cause of your symptoms, and how you have them.

Tests to stage

After being diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer you might have other tests to find out the size of the tumour and whether it has spread. Find out about these tests.


Read about what screening is, and why there is no screening programme for nasopharyngeal cancer in the UK.

Last reviewed: 
27 Feb 2018

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