How do you use biopsy to diagnose thoracic cancer?
A biopsy is a procedure in which your doctor takes a tissue sample from inside the body so we can test it further. In most cases, the doctor will order a biopsy to confirm a cancer diagnosis made from an imaging test. In some cases of thoracic cancer, such as thymoma, a biopsy is the only way to diagnose a tumor as cancer. We offer:
Open lung biopsy: The doctor will put you under general anesthesia, make an incision in your chest, and remove a sample of lung tissue. We may leave a tube leading to your lungs in your mouth for a day or two after the procedure to keep your lung from collapsing. We also offer a minimally invasive version of this test,called thoracoscopy. In a thoracoscopy, a thin, flexible tube is inserted through a small incision in the chest.
Pleural biopsy: This procedure is similar to the open lung biopsy, except the incision is made on the side of the chest and several tissue samples may be taken.