What tests will my doctor recommend before invasive surgery to remove benign lung nodules and tumors?
If you need invasive surgery to remove a tumor, your doctor may recommend one or more tests beforehand to ensure your health. These might include blood tests or kidney, liver, or pulmonary (lung) function tests.
From: Benign Lung Tumors and Nodules WebMD Medical Reference
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