Cancer Information

Tests to detect cancer

Different tests are used to help find any cancer cells, and to decide how is best to treat any cancer found.

Tests are offered before you are diagnosed, during treatment, and after treatment has finished. The results help the health professionals understand about your cancer and how your treatment is progressing.

Some tests are available on the Isle of Man; however certain specialist tests may be undertaken off-Island. Below is a list of the more common tests, however please click here for a full range of tests used across cancer services.


There is more information about the different tests available on the Macmillan Cancer Support website or the Cancer Research UK website.

Support from the MCISS

We hope you find the information that you need. If there is anything you can’t find, please contact the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service (MCISS).

They can be found at the Main Entrance to Noble’s Hospital in Douglas, and are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm. You can contact them by phone on 01624 650735 or email them.