Tests after a children's cancer diagnosis
Your child may have more tests after their diagnosis to find out:
- How large is the cancer?
- Where exactly is the cancer?
- Has the cancer spread to any other parts of their body?
- What type of cancer do they have?
This is called staging. Staging tests include:
- CT scan: A special type of X-ray to give a picture of the tissues inside your body.
- MRI scan: This is a scan that uses magnetic energy to build up a picture of the tissues inside your body. During the scan you will lie inside a tunnel-like machine.
- PET scan: Using a radioactive injection that will show up any cancer spread to other parts of your body on a scan picture.
- Bone scan: A scan that is carried out after a small amount of radioactive dye is given via injection - this can show areas of abnormal bone on a scan, which may be caused by cancer.
Staging is important as it helps your medical team decide on the best treatment for your cancer.
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