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Tests to stage vaginal cancer

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. Knowing this helps your doctor decide what treatment you need.

To find out the stage of your cancer you might need one or more 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.

Internal examination under anaesthetic

You might have an internal examination under a general anaesthetic. This is to check for signs of cancer spread around your vagina.

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.

Chest x-ray for vaginal cancer

Your guide to what chest x-rays are and why you might have one to stage vaginal cancer.

CT scan

A CT scan is a test that uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body.

PET-CT scan

A PET-CT scan combines a CT scan and a PET scan into one. It gives detailed information about your cancer.

Last reviewed: 
06 Sep 2021
Next review due: 
06 Sep 2024
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