Your medical team will use different tests and scans to see if you have cancer. They may also use them to find out more about the cancer.
A small piece of tissue or a sample of cells is removed and examined under a microscope. It is the only certain way of telling if an abnormal area or lump is a cancer or not.
There are many different types of blood test. You may have blood samples taken to check your general health and how well your liver and kidneys are working.
A small sample of bone marrow is taken from the back of the hip bone (pelvis) or occasionally the breast bone (sternum). This is looked at to see if there are any abnormal cells.
A PET scan uses low-dose radiation to check the activity of cells in different parts of the body. It may be used to give more detailed information about cancer or abnormal areas seen on X-rays or scans.