Tests and procedures to diagnose and stage lung cancer
If lung cancer is suspected, your doctor will first ask questions about your personal and family medical history and order tests and procedures. A biopsy is the only way to confirm cancer.
Physical exam and history--the first steps in the process
Biopsy procedures--tissue can be removed for examination in a variety of ways
Needle biopsy (RadiologyInfo.org)
Laboratory and pathology tests
Computerized tomography (CT) scan (RadiologyInfo.org)
Positron emission tomography (PET) scan and CT/PET (RadiologyInfo.org)
Bone scan (RadiologyInfo.org)
Pulmonary function tests
Lung function tests (WebMD)
Emerging tests and procedures to detect and diagnose lung cancer
Researchers are exploring promising new ways to detect and diagnose lung cancer.
EarlyCDT-Lung (Oncimmune Ltd)
Sniffer dogs and electronic noses
Mulloch et al. 2012. Lung cancer detection by canine scent: Will there be a lab in the lab? European Respiratory Journal 39(3):511-2.