Having tests for bone cancer
There are some tests you might have when you visit your 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 see your GP.
Your GP will talk to you about your symptoms, examine you and usually arrange some tests , such as x-rays and blood tests. 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.
The hospital doctor will examine you and arrange for some of the following tests:
If you're diagnosed with bone cancer and not already seeing a specialist bone doctor, you’ll be referred to one.
If the tests show you have bone cancer, you might need a few more tests to check how your body is working in general:
- blood tests
- tests to check your heart is healthy
- chest x-rays to check your lungs are healthy
- tests to check your kidneys are healthy. You may need to give a sample of wee (urine) to be tested.
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 an anxious 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.