Tests You May Need Once You Know You Have Breast Cancer
Once you know you have cancer, your doctor will do more tests. This is the information your doctor is looking for.
Exactly where the cancer is
How big the tumor is
Whether the cancer is in more than one place
What kind of treatment the cancer will most likely respond to
Tests are key to choosing the best treatment for you. Try not to worry about the time these tests take. It is usually best to take the time to get all the information you need to make the best possible treatment choice. Ask your doctor how long you have after your diagnosis to get another opinion, talk with your family, and make decisions about your treatment.
Some of the tests your doctor is likely to use are called imaging tests. These tests use scanning machines that help your doctor see inside your body and locate the cancer. They also help show whether it has spread. Here are some specific imaging tests that are used for evaluating breast cancer. Your doctor may or may not order one or more of these.
You may also need to have blood tests. And your doctor may test cells from the tumor taken during your biopsy for certain hormones.
Most people need more than one test to find out the stage (extent) of their cancer.