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Tests to stage

The stage of a cancer means how big it is and how far it’s spread. 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.

CT scan

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

MRI scan

Find out what an MRI scan is, how you have it and what happens after it.

PET-CT scan

Combining a PET scan and a CT scan, the PET-CT takes x-ray pictures with a radioactive drug to show overactive cells.


Laparoscopy is a small operation to look inside your tummy (abdomen). Doctors use it to find out if cancer of the food pipe (oesophagus) has spread.

Last reviewed: 
17 May 2016

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