NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Lung Cancer Screening, Version 1.2017
low-dose computed tomography (LDCT)
A test that uses little amounts of radiation to make pictures
of the inside of the body.
An organ in the body made of airways and air sacs.
The amount of air the lungs can hold.
A small group of disease-fighting cells.
A tool that uses lenses to see things the eyes can’t.
A sticky, thick liquid that moisturizes or lubricates.
Use of a thin tool guided down the mouth into the smallest
airways of the lung.
A silvery-white metal.
A small mass of tissue.
A small mass of tissue of low density.
The number of cigarette packs smoked every day multiplied
by the number of years of smoking.
A small mass of tissue with areas of low and high density.
percutaneous needle biopsy
Insertion of a needle through the skin into a mass to remove
tissue for testing.
An infection causing the lungs to fill up with pus.
positron emission tomography (PET)
A test that uses radioactive material to see the shape and
function of body parts.
Major scarring of lung tissue.
A doctor who’s an expert in lung diseases.
Treatment with radiation.
A doctor who’s an expert in reading imaging tests.
A gas without odor, taste, or color that is made from uranium
as it decays.
A tool that holds back the edges of a surgical cut.
Something that increases the chance of getting a disease.
robotic-assisted thoracic surgery (RATS)
Use of robotic controls guided by a surgeon to do work in
Supportive fibers formed to heal a wound.
Inhaled smoke from a lit smoking product or that was
exhaled from a smoker.
A drug that helps a person relax or go to sleep.
Surgical removal of a large part of a lobe.
A natural mineral mostly found in sand.
A small mass of tissue of high density.
An operation to remove or repair tissue.
The normal tissue around the tumor removed during
A physical sign or patient report of a health condition.