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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.

Image guided biopsy

Read about having an image guided biopsy to stage ovarian cancer.


Laparoscopy is a small operation to look inside your tummy (abdomen). Doctors use it to find out if ovarian cancer has spread.


Find out what a laparotomy is and why you have it to stage ovarian cancer.

Removing abdominal fluid

Read about removing abdominal fluid as a test to help doctors stage your ovarian cancer.

Chest x-ray

Find out about having a chest x-ray for ovarian cancer including what it is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Last reviewed: 
27 Apr 2016

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