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Doctors use many tests to diagnose a tumor. They want to find out if the tumor is cancerous, and if it is, learn whether the tumor has spread to another part of the body, called metastasis. Some tests may also determine which treatments may be the most effective. Imaging tests may be used to find out whether the cancer has spread.