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Cat Scan and Breast Cancer

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How often is a Cat Scan done first when breast cancer is suspected?

Josie - Macmillan
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Hi mariesnowgoose,

Thank you for getting in touch with us.

When someone is being diagnosed with a breast cancer there are many different tests they do. This will normally start at the breast clinic. Medical staff will examine you and then may go on to do an ultrasound scan, if needed they will do a biopsy of the area.

If these tests are positive for breast cancer they then need to discuss more scans. An MRI may be done to look at the size of the cancer and to help decide the next step.

If they suspect the cancer may have spread to other parts of the body they may do a CT scan or bone scan.

CT-Scan is a test that uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body. It takes pictures from different angles. The computer puts them together to make a 3-dimensional (3D) image.  

If you have any concerns about this, it’s always best to speak it over with your team.

Sometimes, it can help to talk to one of our nurses on our Support Line about what is happening. If you think that would be helpful to do you can call us on 0808-808-0000. Our lines are open Monday to Friday 8am till 8pm.

I hope this is helpful. Please do get back in touch if we can be of any more help.

Best wishes


Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist.