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A needle biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of tissue is removed from the lungs to examine it for cancerous (malignant) cells. The biopsy may use a fine needle or a core needle. The fine needle is very thin - thinner than the needles used for blood tests - and removes a small amount of tissue from the suspicious area.Can lung cancer be diagnosed without a biopsy?
Nothing in your statement leads me to believe it is lung cancer. Atypical means unusual not cancer. However, yes doctors can tell if a patient has cancer without a biopsy. It happens all the time. I have also seen times when the biopsy was negative, but the doctor knew it was cancer anyway and was correct.How long does it take to recover from a lung biopsy?
After the Lung Biopsy You will remain in a recovery room for up to 3 hours after a needle biopsy; you may be hospitalized for 3 to 7 days after an open biopsy. During this time, your vital signs will be monitored and you will be observed for any signs of complications.What do you need to know about biopsies for lung cancer?
A lung biopsy is a procedure in which samples of lung tissue are removed (with a special biopsy needle or during surgery) to determine if lung disease or cancer is present. A lung biopsy may be performed using either a closed or an open method. Closed methods are performed through the skin or through the trachea (windpipe).