In occult lung cancer, a diagnostic evaluation often includes chest x-ray and selective bronchoscopy with close follow-up (e.g., computed tomography scan), when needed, to define the site and nature of the primary tumor; tumors discovered in this fashion are generally early stage and curable by surgery.
After discovery of the primary tumor, treatment involves establishing the stage of the tumor. Therapy is identical to that recommended for other NSCLC patients with similar stage disease.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your condition or symptoms but you do not
receive medical treatment. Watchful waiting is not
appropriate if you have symptoms that do not go away. If you are concerned
about your symptoms and believe you may be at risk for lung cancer, call and
make an appointment with your doctor.