Expert Video - What is a lung biopsy?

Take a small needle and pass it through the CAT scan to watch the needle going in towards the center of the nodule. Once there the healthcare member can take a sample. Sometimes they apply suction to the needle or sometimes they will pass what’s called a “needle core”. The different types of biopsies can help your doctor test for genetic mutations in the tumor and help to guide the type of therapy or treatment. For example, it can show that a patient has small cell lung cancer, which is very rarely treated with surgery. You should discuss the different biopsy techniques with your doctor.

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