Lung Cancer Diagnosis

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What Are Lung Neoplasms?

Lung neoplasms are benign or malignant (cancerous) tumors that form in the lungs. They are often either early-stage or advanced lung cancer. Learn more. A neoplasm is an abnormal tissue mass that forms when cells grow and divide more than they...

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Lung Cancer Diagnosis

After ruling out other conditions, your doctor may order imaging studies, blood tests, and biopsies to make a lung cancer diagnosis. Learn what to expect.

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What Is a Lung Granuloma?

Lung granulomas are areas of inflammation in the lung that can have many causes. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. Lung granulomas are common throughout the world, and can be challenging to diagnose. Rather than a specific...

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Use of Chest X-Ray in the Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

Chest X-rays aren't often used to diagnose or screen for lung cancer. Learn why and how often these imaging studies miss tumors in the lungs. A chest X-ray can produce images of your lungs, airways, heart, blood vessels, and bones of the chest...

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What Is Thoracentesis?

Thoracentesis is a procedure to remove some excess pleural fluid around the lungs for diagnosis or treatment of a pleural effusion. Thoracentesis is a medical procedure to remove some fluid between the lungs and the chest wall. The name derives from...

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Causes of Lung Pain and Treatment Options

Read about the many potential causes of lung pain, including conditions that affect the heart, your chest muscles and joints, and your esophagus. The term "lung pain" actually is a misnomer, because there are no pain receptors in the lungs, and...

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Overview of Hamartoma Tumors

Hamartomas are common benign (non-cancerous) tumors. Read about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatments, and what syndromes may be associated. A hamartoma is a benign tumor that may occur in the lungs, heart, skin, brain, breast, or other...

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An Overview of Lung Cancer Stages

Learn about the stages of small cell and non-small cell lung cancer and how they are determined. Your stage will affect your treatment and prognosis. Lung cancer is staged to describe the severity of the disease and, in turn, direct appropriate...

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What Is a Pancoast Tumor?

Pancoast tumors are rare lung cancers near the top of the lungs. Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment options. Pancoast tumors are a type of lung cancer that invades the chest wall. These tumors are defined by their location...

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