What is a fine needle aspiration?

Doctors may perform a fine-needle aspiration to diagnose malignant mesothelioma. A type of biopsy, fine-needle aspirations involve inserting a small needle into the chest or stomach to take a sample of fluid or tissue. Doctors test the sample for evidence of cancer.

Elwyn C. Cabebe, MD
Hematology & Oncology
Fine needle aspiration is a procedure where a thin needle is placed in a mass or lump to collect a sample. In this video, oncologist Elwyn Cabebe, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital explains how pathologists use this method to check for cancer.

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