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What happens during a needle biopsy for lung cancer?

During a needle biopsy for lung cancer, the doctor places a needle through the chest wall. A chest x-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan or real-time x-ray (fluoroscopy) helps guide him to the tumor. A sample of tissue is removed from the tumor. The sample is examined under a microscope to see if cancer cells are present.

A biopsy is necessary for your doctor to confirm a cancer diagnosis. It also helps identify the specific type of cancer and its spread (or stage).

Sometimes a needle biopsy will be done in another area of the body, such as the liver or adrenal gland, to determine if the cancer has spread.

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