Coronavirus and cancer

We know it’s a worrying time for people with cancer, we have information to help. If you have symptoms of cancer contact your doctor.

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Tests to diagnose

Your doctor will ask about your general health and examine you. You might have one or more of these tests.


Your GP and the specialist at the hospital will examine you before arranging any tests. 

Ultrasound scan

Ultrasound scans use high frequency sound waves to create a picture of a part of the body.

Blood tests

You have blood tests to check your general health. Find out about what tests you will have, how you have a blood test and what happens after.

MRI scan

An MRI scan creates pictures using magnetism and radio waves.


You might have an x-ray of the area where the lump is, or where you have symptoms. You might have a chest x-ray to check your general health. 

CT scan

A CT scan uses x-rays to take detailed pictures of your body from different angles.

Core needle biopsy

Taking a sample of cells from the lump can tell you if it is soft tissue sarcoma.  Find out how you have the test.  

Surgical biopsy

A surgical biopsy takes a tissue sample from the lump or removes the whole lump.

Fine needle aspiration (FNA)

A fine needle aspiration (FNA) is when your doctor uses a fine needle to take a sample of cells from the lump or suspicious area.

Last reviewed: 
15 Mar 2018

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