Tests and investigations

Phlebotomist taking blood from patient

Tests and investigations help to find out:

  • if you have cancer
  • if you do have cancer, what type, how far it has spread (its stage) and where it is
  • what treatment you need
  • how well you cancer is responding to treatment
  • whether cancer remains after you have finished a course of treatment.

You have most of them during an outpatient visit to the hospital. Many involve a short appointment with a specialist. You may have a range of tests and investigations at the same appointment.

The main investigations include: