Once you have been diagnosed, you may need further tests to help doctors know more about the cancer. These are called staging tests.
Whether you have any further tests will depend on the risk of the cancer growing quickly. Doctors work out your risk by looking at:
- the PSA level
- the stage of the cancer – the size of the cancer and whether it has spread
- the grade of the cancer – this gives doctors an idea of how quickly the cancer might grow.
The following tests can be used to help diagnose or stage prostate cancer. You may not need to have all of them. For example, men with early prostate cancer will not need a bone scan. You may also have more blood tests.