Having tests for bone cancer
There are some tests you might be given by your family doctor (GP) or at the hospital. The tests will help the doctors see whether you have bone cancer.
If you think you might have some of the symptoms of bone cancer, you should go to your GP. They'll be able to talk to you about your symptoms, and can arrange for you to have tests to find out more.
Your GP will examine you and usually arrange for some tests to be done, such as x-rays. There may be a number of reasons why you're feeling unwell, so it can be difficult to diagnose the problem straightaway. If your GP can't find the cause, you'll be referred to a specialist at the hospital.
The hospital you're referred to will depend on the results of the tests. You may go straight to a doctor or hospital specialising in bone cancer, or you might see doctors with more general experience first.
If you're diagnosed with bone cancer and not already seeing a specialist, you will be referred to one. You'll probably see a lot of doctors, nurses and other staff.
You'll be seen by a hospital doctor, who will examine you and arrange for some of the following tests:
If the tests show you have bone cancer, you might need a few more tests to check how your body is working in general:
This may seem like a lot of tests, but they’ll help the doctors plan the best treatment for you.
Having tests and waiting for the results can be a scary time. Talking about how you feel and getting support from family, friends, your specialist nurse and doctor can make it a bit easier.
This information is about having tests for bone cancer. We also have more information about:
If you're looking for information about bone cancer in people of all ages, please see our general bone cancer section.