Expert Video - How is small cell lung cancer (SCLC) diagnosed?

Small cell lung cancer is typically diagnosed by a pulmonologist. The reason is that the cancer is usually centrally located and easily accessed by the pulmonologist using a bronchoscope. A pulmonologist will use a bronchoscope, which is essentially a tube with a light and a camera on the end of it to try to see the cancer. The bronchoscope can be passed through the nose or mouth and be guided into the lung to try to see the cancer and then biopsy it (take a sample of the tissue). Sometimes this is not feasible and then an interventional radiologist needs to be involved in the diagnosis.

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