Quite often we may need to check the function of other organs before starting treatments. Depending on the results of these tests, treatments may sometimes have to be adjusted to suit your specific body requirements.

Some common tests

CT Scan - A CT machine is an x-ray machine that uses a computer to produce pictures of the head or body. It shows the soft tissues and bones in more detail than an ordinary x-ray.

Ultrasound - uses high frequency sound waves (unable to be heard by the human ear) and a computer to produce a picture of most parts of the body except for the lung, bowel, or bone.

Electrocardiogram (ECG) – a recording of your heart's electrical activity.

Echocardiogram (Echo) – is an ultrasound of your heart.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) – a scanner which produces cross sectional soft tissue images of any area of your body.

Multi-gated Assessment (MUGA) – a test of the heart designed to evaluate the function of the right and left ventricles of the heart and to indicate heart failure.

Bone Scan – a scan which uses a small amount of radioactive material which produces a map of your bones. This shows any changes to their structure or make-up.

GFR – is a test performed that measures the function of your kidneys.

You will also have routine blood tests done.

You may also have to visit a dentist prior to treatment to ensure your oral health is satisfactory.

You may be contacted by a Cancer Nurse Coordinator who will help you navigate through some of these procedures and/or you may be referred to other services such as our Social Workers, who can assist you with financial or other social areas that may be impacted by your diagnosis and treatment.

If you have a cancer diagnosis you will likely be visited by your Community Cancer Nurse and given information about your treatment plan.


Last updated 23 October 2020.