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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

:

Lung Cancer Screening, Version 1.2017

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How can you know for sure?

Care after a biopsy or surgery

Care after a biopsy or surgery

Guide 13

shows the recommended care after

testing lung tissue for cancer. If cancer cells are

found in the biopsy or surgical tissue, read the

NCCN

Patient Guidelines: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

®

.

Treatment options are recommended for every

stage of lung cancer. When no cancer is found in

the biopsy or surgical tissue, yearly screening is

suggested.

Biopsy sample

Sometimes a sample of tissue from the biopsy does

not have enough cells to check for cancer or may be

abnormal but not cancer. If there is a high concern

for cancer, you should get an LDCT, have another

biopsy, or have surgery in 3 months. Ask your doctor

if you have any questions about your test results.

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A biopsy removes small samples of tissue that

will be tested for cancer.

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Surgery removes the entire nodule that will be

tested for cancer.

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If neither the biopsy nor surgery results find

cancer, keep getting the screening LDCT tests.

If cancer is found, start treatment.

Guide 13. Care after a biopsy or surgery

Lung nodule found

Results of tissue sample

What should you do next?

Biopsy of new lung

nodule or nodules that

could be an infection or

inflammation

Not cancer

If high concern for cancer, get an LDCT,

biopsy, or surgery in 3 months

Cancer

Start cancer treatment

Surgery of new lung

nodule or nodules that

could be an infection or

inflammation

Not cancer

Get an LDCT in an year

Cancer

Start cancer treatment