If any of your biopsies show that there is cancer in the bowel, you will have more tests. These are to find out the size and position of the cancer and whether it has spread. This is called staging.
The results will help you and your doctor decide on the best treatment for you. Some tests may be repeated during and after treatment to check your progress. Your doctor or specialist nurse will explain this to you.
The tests you have may include:
- blood tests to assess your general health
- a CT scan to check for any signs that the cancer has spread outside the bowel
- a PET/CT scan if more detailed information is needed or if there is cancer in the liver or lungs
- an MRI scan is done to plan surgery and if there is cancer in the liver.