Cervical Cancer

Further tests for cervical cancer

When women are diagnosed with cervical cancer their doctor usually does some further tests which may include any of the following;

  • blood tests,
  • a chest x-ray (to check that lungs and heart are healthy),
  • an intravenous urogram (a special type of x-ray),
  • an EUA (an examination under anaesthetic of the womb, vagina, rectum and bladder),
  • a pelvic ultrasound,
  • an MRI scan,
  • a CT scan and
  • a PET/CT scan.

These tests provide doctors with more detailed information about the size and position of the cancer and whether it has spread to other organs. Test results are usually given to patients at a later date at an outpatient appointment. Detailed descriptions of these examinations are available on Macmillan Cancer Support’s website.

Many women who had further tests for cervical cancer did not find them difficult or uncomfortable apart from a few women who found the MRI scan claustrophobic. Having a relative sitting with them in the room or using breathing techniques helped these women to cope better with their feelings of claustrophobia during their scan.

One woman describes her experience of the MRI scan. Another, explains what it was like having a CT scan. A third, describes her experience of an intravenous urogram. One woman explains how she felt very alone when she had her further tests.

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Last reviewed July 2017.

Last updated July 2017.


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