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Tests and procedures to identify treatment options

Tests are important to gather all the information needed to make the best treatment recommendations. Increasingly in non-small cell lung cancer, testing for certain gene mutations can help the treatment team determine if newer, targeted treatment approaches will be effective.  

Learn about the tests and procedures used to identify treatment options

Imaging tests

Computerized tomography (CT) scan (

Positron emission tomography (PET) scan and CT/PET (

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the chest and brain (

Bone scan (

Pulmonary function tests

Lung function tests (WebMD)

Biomarker/Molecular testing 

At this time, only non-small cell has treatment options based on testing the cancer for particular mutations but there are clinical trials going on with the goal of developing such treatments for small cell lung cancer. 

Personalized Medicine (Patient Resource Cancer Guide)

My Cancer Genome: Molecular profiling of lung cancer (Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center)

Lung Cancer Mutation Consortium matches patients with molecular testing clinical trials (Coordinated by the University of Colorado Cancer Center) 

Dr. Gandara discusses molecular testing for NSCLC video (OncLive)

Lung Cancer Biomarkers Guidelines - draft (College of American Pathologists, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the Association for Molecular Pathology)

Lung Cancer Profiles: United we test (Pfizer Oncology)

Lung cancer and personalized medicine (CancerCare)

Emerging tests to identify treatment options

VeriStrat - Interview with Dr. David Carbone text and podcast (VeriStrat)

Pervenio™ Lung RS, a risk stratification test for early stage lung cancer (Life Technologies)