St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center

Patient FAQs

If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, you probably have many questions and concerns. We understand this, and your health care team is here to answer all your questions and provide reassurance.

Here are some frequently asked questions about lung cancer:

A biopsy offers a definitive diagnosis of cancer. Physician examination, blood work and imaging studies (such as X-rays, MRIs and CT scans), can show the doctor if there is an abnormality and where it is located, but the doctor cannot definitively determine that the tumor is malignant based on a scan. During a biopsy, your doctor removes some of the tissue and sends it to a pathology lab. There, a trained pathologist analyzes it and determines whether it is cancerous.