NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Part 2: Overview of cancer tests
What tests will I have?
Where will the tests take place? Will I have to go to the
How long will it take? Will I be awake?
Will it hurt? Will I need anesthesia?
What are the risks? What are the chances of infection
or bleeding afterward?
How do I prepare for testing? Should I not take aspirin?
Should I not eat beforehand?
Should I bring a list of my medications?
Should I bring someone with me?
How long will it take for me to recover? Will I be given
an antibiotic or other drug afterward?
How soon will I know the results and who will explain
them to me?
Who will talk with me about the next steps? When?
Questions about testing to ask your doctor