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How does a bronchoscopic biopsy help diagnose mesothelioma?

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Mesothelioma is a type of cancer. A bronchoscopic biopsy uses a long, thin, flexible tube down your throat to check the airways for tumors. If a tumor is found, the doctor can remove a small sample of it through the tube.

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital International Mesothelioma Program: "Mesothelioma."

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Malignant Mesothelioma: How Is Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosed?"

National Cancer Institute: "Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Brigham and Women's Hospital International Mesothelioma Program: "Mesothelioma."

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Malignant Mesothelioma: How Is Malignant Mesothelioma Diagnosed?"

National Cancer Institute: "Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 15, 2019

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