Tests for cancer

Tests for cancer

An explanation of some of the tests used to make a cancer diagnosis: full blood count; bone marrow aspiration; lumbar puncture; x-rays and scans; biopsy and tests to find out how well organs are working.

What tests are used to make a cancer diagnosis?

This page is part of a whole section about childhood cancer.

The following are some of the tests used to make a diagnosis. They are done to find out if there are cancer cells in the body and if so, where they are and what type they are. A combination of tests can be used depending on the symptoms that are present and the type of cancer suspected. Some of these tests are also used repeatedly following a diagnosis of cancer to monitor progress and response to treatment:

All the pages in the childhood cancer section of this website have been written by health professionals who work in the field of paediatric oncology. They have been reviewed by the members of the National Child Cancer Network (NZ). Medical information is authorised by the National Child Cancer Network Clinical Leader.

This page last reviewed 20 March 2017.
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