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Tests You May Need Once You Know You Have Uterine Cancer

Once you know you have uterine cancer, your doctor may do more tests. If so, this is the type of information your doctor wants to find out:

  • Exactly where the cancer is

  • How big the tumor is

  • Whether the cancer has spread to more than one place

  • What kind of treatment the cancer will most likely respond to

Some of the tests your doctor may use are called imaging tests. These tests use scanning machines that let your doctor see inside your body. They help the doctor locate the cancer. They also show whether it has spread. Here are some imaging tests your doctor may use for evaluating uterine cancer:

  • Transvaginal ultrasound

  • Cystoscopy

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

  • Computed tomography scan (CT scan)

  • Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)

  • Chest X-ray

  • Positron emission tomography (PET)

If you need tests, don’t worry about the time these tests take. Usually you have at least a few weeks after your diagnosis to talk with your family and make decisions about your treatment. These tests can give your doctor important information about your cancer. However, in some cases, the exact location, size, and spread of your cancer can be learned only during surgery to remove the tumor.