Tests after an anal cancer diagnosis
You may have more tests after your diagnosis to find out:
- How large is the cancer?
- Where exactly is the cancer?
- Has the cancer spread to any other parts of your body?
This is called staging. Staging tests for anal cancer include:
- Blood tests: To check your general health
- CT scan: A special type of X-ray to give a picture of the tissues inside your body
- MRI scan: A scan that uses magnetic energy to build up a picture of the tissues inside your body.
- Ultrasound scan: A device called a probe is passed into your back passage (rectum). It uses sound waves to give a picture of the tissues there. It can show any abnormal changes.
- PET scan: A radioactive injection that will show up any cancer spread to other parts of your body on a CT scan picture.
Read more about these staging tests.
Staging is important as it helps your medical team decide on the best treatment for your cancer.
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