Monday 13 Jan 2020
Susan Long â€“ Maggie's
You may have tests for cancer because of symptoms or changes within your body which are worrying you, after routine screening or as part of follow-up for an existing cancer.
This page will help you find out more about the different tests for cancer and how ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë can help.
There are lots of tests used to help diagnose cancer.
Your GP or consultant will decide which tests are right for you based on:
The most common ways to test for cancer include:
You should always be given instructions before you have a test for cancer to tell you if you need to do anything before or after.
Sometimes you will be asked not to eat beforehand or temporarily stop taking some of your medications.
If thereâ€™s anything you donâ€™t understand, you can phone the hospital or GP and check.
When you are referred you should either receive an appointment for a specific test or with a specialist doctor to discuss the tests you might need.
How quickly this might happen depends on where you live:
Depending on the results of your tests there might be further investigations needed.
You might have questions about the tests you may be having, and what the results could mean.
You may feel your anxiety levels are building up and your concentration affected as you wait for the results.
Our Cancer Support Specialists are here listen to your concerns and help you find the information and help right for you:
Last review: Oct 2021 | Next review: Oct 2022
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