Tests to stage

The stage of a cancer tells you about its size and whether it has spread. Knowing the stage helps your doctor decide which treatment you need.

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

Pelvic examination under anaesthetic

This is an internal examination under general anaesthetic. This test can check your cervix and vagina for signs of cancer. 

MRI scan

An MRI scan creates pictures using magnetism and radio waves. It can show up abnormal areas in the lymph nodes or other parts of the body. 

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 to give detailed information about your cancer.

Blood tests for cervical cancer

You have blood tests when you're diagnosed with cervical cancer and regularly during treatment.

Chest x-ray

A chest x-ray can check for signs of cancer in your chest, and also checks your general fitness before treatment.

Last reviewed: 
18 Mar 2020
Next review due: 
17 Mar 2023
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