After you have been diagnosed, your cancer specialist will usually want to do further tests to learn more about the cancer. This will include tests to find out the stage and the grade of the cancer. Knowing the stage and grade helps doctors decide on the best treatment for you.
The stage of a cancer describes its size and whether it has spread from where it started. You may need a few scans and tests to find out the stage. These can take from 1 to 2 weeks to complete. Your cancer doctor will be able to tell you more.
The grade of a cancer is about what the cancer cells look like compared to normal cells. Your doctors will look at the cancer cells under a microscope to find the grade of the cancer. The grade gives an idea of how quickly the cancer may grow.