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What is a transthoracic needle lung biopsy?

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You might get a transthoracic needle lung biopsy to see if you have lung cancer. If a tumor is on the periphery of the lung, your doctor may not be able to see it with a tool called a bronchoscope. So your doctor may need to take a sample of the suspicious tissue. To do this, your doctor will insert a needle through your chest wall and into the tumor, and send the sample to a lab for testing.

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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