How To Know Whether You Have Lung Cancer Or Not. Testing and Diagnosis

Anyone with the symptoms of lung cancer should book an appointment with their GP.
If the doctor suspects lung cancer they are likely to refer you to a specialist for testing.

Testing is likely to include a chest x-ray to spot anything unusual. Other types of testing include a CT scan, bronchoscopy, lung biopsy, and fine needle aspiration.
A fine needle aspiration is a test where a sample of cells is taken from lymph nodes the neck.

A lung biopsy is when a needle is inserted through the skin to take a sample of cells from the lung. A bronchoscopy is when medical professionals examine inside the lungs under a local anaesthetic– with a sample of cells being taken.

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