A variety of tests and investigations may be needed to diagnose a rhabdomyosarcoma. These usually include a biopsy. This involves a small operation to remove a sample from the tumour to be looked at under a microscope. A biopsy is usually done under a general anaesthetic.
Various tests may be done to check the exact size of the tumour and whether it has spread to any other part of the body. These may include:
- A chest x-ray to check the lungs
- An ultrasound
- CT or MRI scans
- Blood and bone marrow tests
Any tests and investigations that your child needs will be explained to you. The section on children’s cancers gives details of what the tests and scans involve.