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What is a bronchoscopy for testing for lung cancer?

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Bronchoscopy is a procedure that lets your doctor look inside your trachea (windpipe) and large airways in the lung for abnormal areas. A bronchoscope is a thin, flexible, lighted tube with a tiny camera on the end. It goes in through your mouth or nose and down the windpipe. From there, your doctor can guide it into the airways (bronchi) of the lungs. During bronchoscopy, the doctor looks for tumors and takes a biopsy (a sample of cells to check under a microscope) from the airways.

From: Small-Cell Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society.

American College of Chest Physicians.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2017

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American Cancer Society.

American College of Chest Physicians.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2017

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