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A 48-year-old female asked:

Dad's lung biopsy came back benign. he's having a 2nd biopsy done going in through his back. what are the chances this one will be benign too?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No way to tell: Lesions mimicking lung cancer include everything from old histoplasmosis (ubiquitous where i live) to stray dog heartworms. Or a first biopsy can be "benign" because they missed the cancer which is very common. Cherish each day with dad, and if the more definitive biopsy is benign, be happy.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Hard to tell: It would be impossible to tell from the above information. The question they should ask when a biopsy comes back negative is whether the lesion in question was actually sampled or did they sample normal tissue beside the lesion in question.
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Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
No way of knowing: We would need to know the case and be able to review imaging to even make a guess. Lung biopsies can be done and still not come up with a diagnosis.
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Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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