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How does a surgical biopsy help diagnose mesothelioma?

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Mesothelioma is a type of cancer. A surgical biopsy is a procedure that can get a large enough tissue sample to check for cancer cells. This can be done by a surgeon who opens the chest cavity (thoracotomy) or the belly (laparotomy ) to take out a large sample of tumor or the whole tumor.

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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