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Diagnosis of Lung Cancer
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. The doctor will also ask about the following:
Tests may include:
If cancer is found, treatment will depend on the stage of your cancer. The doctor will order additional tests to determine the stage of the cancer. Staging is a careful attempt to determine whether the cancer has spread and, if it has, what body parts are affected. Additional tests to determine staging may include:
Stages of Lung Cancer
Lung cancer staging considers three categories: tumor, lymph nodes, and metastases.
Lung Cancer Tumor (T) Stages
Lung Cancer Lymph Node (N) Stages
Lung Cancer Metastatic (M) Stages
The overall cancer stage is based on the above rankings.
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Last reviewed September 2013 by Igor Puzanov, MD
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