If you’re having lung-cancer-like symptoms, your doctor will want to know why. Your doctor is likely to ask you questions about your:
In addition to asking you questions, your doctor may also do these things:
The results of these exams may be enough to rule out lung cancer. Or you may require further tests. However, if imaging tests show abnormal findings, such as a mass or fluid, you may need to have a sample taken. This sample, called a biopsy, is almost always required to diagnose lung cancer. A biopsy can be obtained by placing a special small camera called a bronchoscope in the airway, or by placing a needle through the skin and using images (CT scan or ultrasound) to guide where to take the sample. Or, occasionally a surgical procedure may be necessary. The method used to obtain a biopsy sample is determined partly by the location and size of the tumor.
April 01, 2016
Foster, Sara, RN, MPH