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Staging

When the doctor tells a cancer patient that staging needs to be performed, he means that he is going to set in motion tests that will discern the extent of the cancer (i.e. whether it has spread and where it has spread). The staging will differ for the different types of cancer. For example, the staging of the early patient with breast cancer will include chest x-ray, bone scan and liver scan, whereas the staging of the patient with a lymphoma may include CT scans of the whole body, bone marrow and cerebrospinal fluid sampling by lumbar puncture. The staging tests are those appropriate for the malignancy under investigation and look at the sites where t hat particular cancer tends to spread.
 

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