What is the best scan to detect lung cancer?
The only recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan, or LDCT). During an LDCT scan, you lie on a table and an X-ray machine uses a low dose (amount) of radiation to make detailed images of your lungs. The scan only takes a few minutes and is not painful.
What tests are done to diagnose lung cancer?
An X-ray image of your lungs may reveal an abnormal mass or nodule. A CT scan can reveal small lesions in your lungs that might not be detected on an X-ray. Sputum cytology. If you have a cough and are producing sputum, looking at the sputum under the microscope can sometimes reveal the presence of lung cancer cells.
What can be mistaken for lung cancer?
Lung cancer symptoms are commonly misdiagnosed as gastric reflux disease, COPD or asthma.
When should you suspect lung cancer?
The most common symptoms of lung cancer are: A cough that does not go away or gets worse. Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm) Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing.
Would lung cancer show up in a blood test?
Blood tests. Blood tests are not used to diagnose lung cancer, but they can help to get a sense of a person’s overall health. For example, they can be used to help determine if a person is healthy enough to have surgery.
Can a doctor hear if you have lung cancer?
Using a stethoscope, doctors sometimes can hear fluid around the lungs, which may suggest lung cancer.
What was your first lung cancer symptom?
When lung cancer does cause signs in its early stages, they may vary from person to person but commonly include: A new cough that is persistent or worsens, or a change in an existing chronic cough. Cough that produces blood. Pain in the chest, back or shoulders that worsens during coughing, laughing or deep breathing.
Is Stage 1 lung cancer curable?
With early intervention, stage I lung cancer can be highly curable. Usually, your doctor will want to remove the cancer with surgery. You also may need chemo or radiation therapy if traces of cancer remain or are likely to stay.