Tests after diagnosis for gall bladder cancer
After your diagnosis your doctor may want you to have more tests to find out more about your cancer:
- 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 gall bladder cancer include:
- CT scan: A 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.
- Ultrasound scan: A device like a microphone passed over your tummy to give a picture of your gall bladder and nearby organs. It can show any abnormal changes.
- Blood tests: Blood tests can check how well your liver is working
- Angiography: An X-ray that looks at the blood vessels around your gall bladder by injecting a special dye into them. This dye can be seen on the X-ray and shows if any blood vessels are blocked or affected by a tumour.
Staging is important as it helps your medical team decide on the best treatment for your cancer.
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