Tests after a kidney 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 kidney cancer include:
- Ultrasound scan: A device like a microphone passed over your tummy to pick up abnormal changes in your kidney, bladder and nearby organs
- 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 and radio waves to create a picture of the tissues inside your body
- Cytoscopy: A small tube with a light passed into your bladder to look at the bladder lining
- Image-guided biopsy: Taking a sample of the kidney tissue using a long thin needle, guided to the right place by a CT or ultrasound scan
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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