Sometimes, it may be necessary to test for specific cancers in women who have symptoms suggesting that they might have the disease. This is particularly true for cervical and vulval cancers, and to a lesser extent for vaginal cancer. In such cases, the aim is to identify and treat the cancer before it can spread to surrounding tissues.
London Gynae Cancer Care offers a number of tests for the diagnosis of preinvasive and invasive cancers. As appropriate, these may include cervical smears, tumour marker blood tests, and ultrasound scans. If a cancer is detected, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computed tomography) or PET (positron emission spectroscopy) scans can be arranged as necessary.