NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

39 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Lung Cancer – Non-Small Cell, 2018 Review † † A medical history is a report of all health events in your lifetime. † † Your doctor will examine your body for signs of disease. He or she will touch parts of your body to see if anything feels abnormal. † † Blood tests may be done to look for signs of cancer. † † Diagnostic CT shows more details in pictures than LDCT and may show where the cancer has spread in your body. PET/CT may detect cancer that CT did not. † † MRI can be used to see if the cancer has spread to your brain. You may also have an MRI of your spine and thoracic inlet if you have a superior sulcus tumor. † † Pulmonary function tests help doctors assess if surgery or radiation therapy is a treatment option. † † A bronchoscopy involves a tool that is guided into your airways to find and collect samples for cancer testing. † † There are many ways to biopsy lymph nodes and other sites to which lung cancer might have spread. Which biopsy you will receive partly depends on where the imaging tests show the cancer to be. † † Pathologists are doctors who conduct lab tests on body tissue or fluid to find disease. Lab tests can reveal if you have cancer, the type of cancer, and the cancer stage. Pathologists also do biomarker testing. These tests look for cancer-related changes in genes for which there may be treatment. 4 Treatment planning Review