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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Saarah T. Alkhairy, M.D.

Overview

A transthoracic needle biopsy and a bronchoscopy are conducted to diagnose lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Biopsy

A transthoracic needle biopsy, guided by CT or fluoroscopy, is for tumors located in the periphery of the lungs since peripheral tumors are not accessible through a bronchoscope.

A diagnostic bronchoscopy is conducted when a pulmonary lesion is located centrally. It directly visualizes the tumor and collects bronchial brushings and washings and transbronchial biopsies.

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