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Common tests for Cancer

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Common tests for cancer include: 

  • ​Physical examination
  • Urine and blood tests
  • Imaging tests: x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans, PET-CT scans, ultrasounds
  • Biopsies 

What happens next?

The results of your tests are discussed by the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT). This is a group of cancer specialists and health professionals. The MDT discuss your test results and possible treatment options if cancer is diagnosed. Find out more about MDT's at the hospital.​

Test results

We complete all diagnostic tests as quickly as possible. Once complete, you will get another clinic appointment to discuss the results of possible treatment options if needed.

Further tests

If cancer is diagnosed, the MDT work to determine the extent (or stage) of your cancer. The stage determines treatment options and your chances for a cure. Staging tests and procedures may include 'imaging' tests, like bone scans or x-rays, to see if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.​