Tests for vaginal cancer

You have tests to diagnose and stage vaginal cancer. These help your doctor decide the best treatment for you.

Your doctor will explain what tests you need.

Pelvic examination and colposcopy for vaginal cancer

A pelvic examination and colposcopy are often the first tests you have to test for vaginal cancer.

Vaginal biopsy

Your doctor may want you to have a biopsy. This means removing a sample of the tissue from the affected area of the vagina.

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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