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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can a doctor determine the stage of lung cancer from a lung biopsy?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Upendra Parvathaneni
Radiation Oncology 28 years experience
No: Staging requires a clinical + imaging and possibly a procedural work up.
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
No: Staging done with surgical resection (pathological staging). Pet and ct scans can be done for radiologic staging. A biopsy tells us if it is cancer and what type. Hope this helps.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Lots to staging: Staging of lung cancer identifies t n and m status, or tumor size (t) lymph node involvement (n) and presence of metastasis or distant spread of tumor (m). Staging may include lung biopsy, but may require pet/ct to determine metastasis (m), mediastinoscopy or ebus to asses lymph nodes (n).

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How to determine if I am getting lung cancer?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
May not: Many persons are asymptomatic until late, smokers, cough, cough blood, chest pain, recurrent pneumonias may be clues. Ct scan and x-rays done for other conditions may "discover" an unsuspected lesion.

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