On reading this page, the chances are that your child may already have had a number of investigations to receive the diagnosis of cancer.
They may have received some of the following, and may receive more to provide a baseline for commencing treatment. Investigations enable the cancer to be assessed and staged. This makes it possible to assess which areas the cancer has affected and whether it has spread.
CT (computed tomography) and / or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan or both
Bone marrow biopsy
- A biopsy of the tumour or the tumour may have been removed during surgery and the diagnosis of a rhabdoid tumour made after surgery
- Bone scan in some cases
Your child will also need a range of:
- Blood tests
- ECG (electrocardiogram) or heart tracing
- Cardiac echo - an ultrasound of the heart looking at how it looks and functions
- Chest xray and other xrays
- Vascular access for children with cancer
- Feeding for children with cancer
- Treatments that my child with cancer may undergo
- Participating in clinical trials
- Other useful charity resources, support groups and website links