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How is thoracentesis used to diagnose lung cancer?

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During thoracentesis, your doctor puts a needle into the space between your lung and chest wall to remove fluid, which he checks for cancer cells.

From: Lung Cancer Screening and Tests WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Exams and tests that look for lung cancer." "Tests for small cell lung cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell: Diagnosis."

CDC: "Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines and Recommendations." "What are the Risk Factors for Lung Cancer?" "What Screening Tests are There?"

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Lung Cancer Screening."

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: "Lung cancer: diagnosis and management."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Screening for Lung Cancer: Consumer Guide."

University of Kansas Cancer Center: "Frequently Asked Questions About Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT."

UptoDate: "Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration in the mediastinum."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Exams and tests that look for lung cancer." "Tests for small cell lung cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell: Diagnosis."

CDC: "Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines and Recommendations." "What are the Risk Factors for Lung Cancer?" "What Screening Tests are There?"

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Lung Cancer Screening."

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: "Lung cancer: diagnosis and management."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Screening for Lung Cancer: Consumer Guide."

University of Kansas Cancer Center: "Frequently Asked Questions About Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT."

UptoDate: "Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration in the mediastinum."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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