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What is a mediastinoscopy that you might get if you have lung cancer?

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Doctors do this procedure to find out how far the tumor has spread into the mediastinum (the area of the chest between the lungs). When you get mediastinoscopy, a doctor will insert a tube behind your breastbone through a small cut at the lowest part of your neck. The doctor will then take samples of the lymph nodes from this area to look for cancer cells.

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

SOURCES:

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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