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Lung Cancer occurs when certain cells within the lung grow in an uncontrolled, abnormal, manner. There are two major categories of lung cancersmall cell Lung Cancer and non - small cell Lung Cancer. Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 221 000 patients will be diagnosed with Lung Cancer and nearly 157 000 will die from the disease in 2011. Molecular Imaging is playing an increasingly important role in detection, diagnosis and treatment of NSCLC, which accounts for the majority of Lung Cancer cases. Treatment options for NSCLC include chemotherapy and radiation and, if diagnosed early enough, surgery. Accurately identifying if cancer has spread to other parts of the body is critical for determining treatment options for patients. In future, scientists anticipate that molecular imaging procedures will be increasingly used to evaluate disease progression, assess treatment strategies and monitor treatment effects. Technologies currently used to diagnose and treat non - small cell Lung Cancer include p_ositron emission tomography and combination PET and compute tomography.

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Chest X-ray

A Chest x - ray is usually a test used to diagnose lung cancer. Most lung tumours appear on X - rays as white - grey mass. However, chest X - rays cannot give definitive diagnosis because they often cannot distinguish between cancer and other conditions, such as lung abscess. If chest X - ray suggests you may have lung cancer, you should be referred to a specialist in chest conditions. Specialists can arrange more tests to investigate whether you have lung cancer and, if you do, what type it is and how much it's spread.


Imaging scans

Pet stands for positron emission tomography. This type of scan is used to measure the activity of cells in different parts of your body. Scan creates detailed 3 - dimensional images of the inside of your body. Parts of the body that use a lot of energy, such as areas of inflammation or infection, need a lot of sugar to provide this. Before the PET scan, sugary substance is injected into the bloodstream. Pet scan measures how quickly energy from this substance is used brighter area on scan, more energy cells are using. These brighter areas can be see if there is inflammation or infection, or if there is cancer present. Sometimes PET scan is used with CT scan, to create more detailed image. This is called PET - CT scan.


What is a chest X-ray?

A Chest X - ray is a procedure that uses X - ray to take a 2 - dimensional, flat picture of the inside of your chest. An X - ray is a type of radiation that can pass through the body and is used to take picture. Harder parts of the body like bone show up in white in the picture. Solid tissues like heart or liver also show up white. Lungs let more X - rays through and look black. Although X - rays are a kind of radiation, amount delivered in chest X - ray is very small - about the same as a couple of days of normal background exposure - and is not harmful.

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Bronchoscopy and biopsy

We recently read an article entitled Principles of biopsy in suspected lung cancer: priority still based on invasion in era of targeted therapy? Publish in Journal of Thoracic Disease by Chen et al. They investigated a 53 - year - old male patient with a 10 - year history of dust exposure who was present in hospital with bloody sputum. He underwent sequential positron emission tomography / compute tomography scanning, transthoracic core needle biopsy of lung mass, resection of intramuscular nodule, bronchoscopy, and right upper lung lobectomy. The final diagnosis was systemic lipid deposition. Authors conclude that decision to perform biopsies in patients with suspected lung cancer should consider clinical management issues, acquisition of tissue, invasion, efficiency, and cost, in decreasing order of priority. Biopsy is essential for diagnosis of lung cancer, and nearly all confirmed lung cancers depend on examination of biopsy tissue. Especially in the event of a positive PET / CT result, numerous invasive procedures may be carried out to confirm or rule out the presence of lung cancer. However, invasive examinations should be performed cautiously in patients with defined history of underlying disease, even in patients with positive PET / CT result. We report on a 68 - year - old man with a 30 - year history of pulmonary silicosis. His complaints were cough, expectoration, chest pain, and weight loss over 1 1 - month period. Ct scan showed right hilar mass complicated by right lower lobe atelectasis, and multiple bilateral mediastinal Lymph nodes. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy and biopsy were performed and chronic mucosal inflammation with no tumor cells was find. Patient was admitted to our hospital for further diagnosis and treatment. Routine blood and serum tumor markers were within normal ranges. Pet / CT scanning shows consolidation of the posterior segment of the right lower lobe. The maximum standard uptake value was 9. 0. Mediastinal and bilateral hilar Lymph nodes were enlarge, and radioactivity uptake was increased with a maximum SUV of 11. 7. Because of clinical suspicion of lung cancer, patient underwent percutaneous lung biopsy three days later. Pathology results show inflammatory granulation tissue. Transbronchial needle aspiration was performed five days later, and few chronic inflammatory cells and tissues were identified by pathology. However, no evidence of a tumor was found after a series of invasive procedures. The patient was finally recommended to undergo mediastinoscopy or thoracotomy, but chose to undergo conservative treatment instead, because of the invasive nature of procedures. Atelectasis improved markedly after two months of anti - infective, anti - inflammatory, and anti - fibrotic treatment. Biopsy plays a vital role in lung cancer diagnosis. However, invasive examinations should be performed with discretion in patients with a defined history of underlying disease. As suggested by Chen et al., Choice of biopsy in cases of suspected lung cancer should take account of clinical management issues, acquisition of tissue, invasion, efficiency, and cost, in decreasing order of priority. In this case, negative bronchofiberoscopy results should have stopped further invasive examinations. Lung lesions and mediastinal lymph node enlargement should be considered as result of silicosis, and treated accordingly.


Reasons for the procedure

Lung biopsy may be performed on an outpatient basis or as part of your stay in hospital. Procedures may vary depending on your condition and your doctor's practices. In addition, some biopsies may be performed using local anesthetic to numb area, while others may be performed using heavy sedation or general anesthesia. Generally, needle lung biopsy performed through skin follows this process: you will be asked to remove any jewelry or other objects that may interfere with the procedure. You will be asked to remove clothing and will be given a gown to wear. Intravenous line may start in your arm or hand. You will be in a position so that the doctor can easily reach part of your lung that will be sample. You may be sitting up or lying down. An X - ray or CT scan may be used to locate the desired biopsy site. Skin will be mark. Skin over the biopsy site will be cleansed with antiseptic solution. You will feel needle stick when local anesthetic is inject. This may cause a brief stinging sensation. You will need to hold still, avoid coughing, and hold your breath when told to during the procedure. A small incision will be made over the biopsy site. Doctor will insert biopsy needle between ribs into lung. You may feel discomfort or pressure when a doctor enters your lungs with a needle. Biopsy needle will be withdraw. Firm pressure will be applied to the biopsy site for a few minutes, until the bleeding has stop. A doctor will close opening in the skin with sutures or adhesive strips, if necessary. Sterile bandage or dressing will be apply. Lung sample will be sent to the lab for examination. You may have a chest X - ray taken immediately after the biopsy. You will be asked to remove clothing and will be given a gown to wear. Intravenous line may be inserted in your arm or hand. Your heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and oxygen level may be monitored during the procedure. You will be positioned in a sitting position or lying on your back. You may receive oxygen through nasal cannula or face mask during procedure. You may be given sedative to make you sleepy but arousable. An X - ray may be used to locate the desired biopsy site. Numbing medication will be sprayed into the back of your throat to prevent gagging as a bronchoscope is passed down your trachea into bronchi. The spray may have a bitter taste to it. Holding your breath while the doctor sprays your throat may decrease the taste. You will not be able to swallow saliva that may collect in your mouth during procedure due to bronchoscope in your throat. Saliva will be suction from your mouth from time to time. The doctor will advance a bronchoscope down your throat and into your airways.

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How to prepare

Your doctor will ask you not to eat or drink anything besides water for several hours before the scan. It is very important to follow these instructions. Pet scanning often depends on monitoring slight differences in how cells metabolize sugars. Eating snack or drinking sugary beverage could interfere with results. Upon arrival, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown, or you may be allowed to wear your own clothes. Youll need to remove any metallic objects from your body, including jewelry. Tell your doctor if youre taking medications or supplements. Some medications, such as those to treat diabetes mellitus, can interfere with the results of PET scan. If youre uncomfortable in enclosed spaces, your doctor may give you medication to help you relax. This drug likely causes drowsiness. PET scan uses a small amount of radioactive tracer. Radioactive tracers will become inactive in your body within a few hours or days. It will eventually pass out of your body through urine and stool. Although radiation exposure from PET scan is minimal, you should notify your doctor before undergoing any procedure that uses radiation if youre pregnant or breastfeeding.


Why PET scans are used

Pet scanners work by detecting radiation given off by a substance injected into your arm called radiotracer as it collects in different parts of your body. In most PET scans, radiotracer called fluorodeoxyglucose is used, which is similar to naturally occurring glucose, so your body treats it in a similar way. By analysing areas where radiotracer do and do build up, it's possible to work out how well certain body functions are working and identify any abnormalities. For example, concentration of FDG in the body's tissues can help identify cancerous cells because cancer cells use glucose at a much faster rate than normal cells.

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Advantages of PET

Despite many advances in diagnosis, staging and treatment of non - small cell Lung Cancer, overall 5 - year survival rate of patients with resectable NSCLC is less than 50%. 1 This suboptimal survival rate is likely due to many factors, including aggressiveness of specific phenotype, locally advanced disease at presentation and inaccurate pretreatment staging. It is plausible that undetected locoregional and distant micrometastatic disease at time of presentation results in suboptimal or at times inappropriate treatment and, therefore, decreases stage - specific survival. Accurate Clinical staging at time of diagnosis has many important advantages, of which the following 3 have particular importance. It allows for appropriate patient selection for potentially curative surgical and / or nonsurgical therapies, it identifies patients who would benefit from neoadjuvant therapy, and it allows for more accurate follow - up Assessment and detection of loco - regional recurrences that might still be amenable to salvage treatment. In management of NSCLC, 18 F - fluorodeoxyglucose Positron emission tomography is an imaging technology with evolving potential. The advantage of FDG - PET lies in its ability to detect metabolic changes in cancer cells even before manifestation of anatomic changes commonly identified by conventional imaging modalities such as computed tomography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging and bone scintigraphy. This advantage may help with more accurate staging than is possible with conventional imaging. It may also identify tumours at an earlier stage, assess their response to neoadjuvant therapy and help with follow - up surveillance. The potential capability of PET in assessing tumour responsiveness to chemotherapy can be used as a prognostic factor, thereby influencing the direction of further management. Optimal use of FDG - PET in management of Lung Cancer continues to evolve. Overall, poor prognosis of Lung Cancer and lack of optimal treatment for advanced stages of disease have facilitated rapid integration of this imaging technology in management of NSCLC. However, its financial burden on health care systems and individual payers has brought its widespread use into question. The purpose of this review is to discuss current practical applications of FDG - PET in patients with NSCLC, summarizing clinically applicable data. A Systematic review of the role of FDG - PET in diagnosis and staging of Lung Cancer has already been published by one of us 2


Advantages of a PET/CT Scan

Ct has been the cornerstone of oncologic imaging for over 20 years but lacks the ability to show crucial differences in physiology. Pet has incomparable abilities to determine metabolic activity of tissues but needs assistance of higher - resolution, information that it cannot provide. Ct is the easiest and highest - resolution tomographic modality to integrate into PET imaging. The combination of the two offers the best of both worlds in an integrated data set and thus improves diagnostic accuracy and localization of many lesions. For years, primary means of merging metabolic information with information was visual fusion, or having expert review separate PET and CT images and mentally synthesize data. More recently, software fusion has been attempted by many, utilizing specialized software programs to realign and fuse two separate sets of data. There are myriad problems with these software approaches, however, such as different positioning of patients between two studies, differences relating to breath - hold at maximal inspiration for CT versus tidal breathing during PET imaging, or even simple differences in contour of tables on two devices. The first major step toward solving this dilemma, introduced in 2000 by group of Dr. David Townsend, imaging physicist then working at the University of Pittsburgh, was to actually put two units together in one gantry. This allows for immediately sequential collection of both PET and CT data sets, with minimal potential for misregistration.


Why PET scans are used

Positron emission tomography is an imaging test used to show how your organs and tissues are working. Whereas other imaging tests, such as X - ray, CT, and MRI, reveal structural changes in the body, PET is used to reveal chemical and physiological changes. Uses of PET scan include checking brain function; diagnosing cancer, heart problems, and brain disorders; examining blood flow to the heart; and determining the spread of cancer and response to therapy. Use of PET scans may help doctors more accurately detect the presence and location of cancer cells. Pet scan is similar to CT scan; however, PET scans can detect live cancer tissue. Prior to PET scan, patients receive injection of a substance that contains a type of sugar attached to radioactive isotope. Cancer cells take up sugar and attach isotope,s which emit positively - charge, low energy radiation. Positrons react with electrons in cancer cells, which create production of gamma rays. Gamma rays are then detected by PET machine, which transforms information into picture. If no gamma rays are detected in the scanned area, it is unlikely that the mass in question contains living cancer cells. A Pet scan can measure blood flow, oxygen use, how your body uses sugar, and much more.

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Results

When you schedule PET - CT scan, staff will tell you how to get ready. Be sure to follow their instructions carefully to avoid affecting your scan results. Talk with staff about the following topics, and ask questions about any information that is unclear or concerning to you. What to eat. You may be told to drink only clear liquids after midnight night before the scan. Depending on what part of your body will be scan, you may need to stop all eating and drinking 4 hours before the scan. For some scans, you can eat and drink normally. Your medications and health history. Ask whether you should take your usual medications or supplements on the day of the test. Also, let them know if you have diabetes or other medical conditions. In particular, diabetes can alter your test results and radioactive tracers can impact your blood sugar. If you are breastfeeding or could be pregnant, tell staff. These scans can put babies at risk. Allergies. Let staff know about any drug or food allergies you have, including any allergic reactions to iodine you may have had in the past. What to avoid. Don't do any heavy exercise like running, jogging, or weightlifting 24 hours before your exam. Exercise can make your scans less accurate. What to wear. Wear loose, comfortable clothing without metal zippers or buttons. You will need to remove any clothing that includes metal because metal can affect scan. This includes belts, earrings, shirts with snaps or zippers, bras, and glasses. If your clothing cannot be worn during the scan, you can wear a hospital gown. You will be asked to remove any jewelry, so you may want to leave it at home day of your exam. Insurance, costs, and consent. If you are concerned about the cost of your PET - CT scan, find out what your insurance provider will cover before the scan. Ask how much you will have to pay. Once you get to the doctor's office or hospital, staff will ask you to sign a consent form. This form states that you understand the benefits and risks of scanning and agree to have it.

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Methods

Postdoctoral Fellow in Radiology. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2. Master's Student. Graduate Program in Radiology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3. Consultant Radiologist. Radiology Department, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom 4. Professor. Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil 5. Pulmonologist. Sao Lucas Hospital, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil 6. Medical Student. University of Caxias do Sul, Caxias do Sul, Brazil 7. Professor of Radiology. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, use of PET / CT imaging in work - up and management of patients with Lung Cancer has greatly increased in recent decades. The ability to combine functional and anatomical information has equipped PET / CT to look into various aspects of Lung Cancer, allowing more precise disease staging and providing useful data during characterization of indeterminate pulmonary nodules. In addition, accuracy of PET / CT has been shown to be greater than that of conventional modalities in some scenarios, making PET / CT a valuable noninvasive method for investigation of Lung Cancer. However, interpretation of PET / CT findings presents numerous pitfalls and potential confounders. Therefore, it is imperative for pulmonologists and radiologists to familiarize themselves with the most relevant indications for and limitations of PET / CT, seeking to protect their patients from unnecessary radiation exposure and inappropriate treatment. This review article aims to summarize basic principles, indications, Cancer staging considerations, and future applications relating to use of PET / CT in Lung Cancer. Key words: Carcinoma, non - Small - cell Lung; Small cell Lung Carcinoma; Positron - emission Tomography; Tomography, X - ray compute; Neoplasm staging incidence of Lung Cancer has rapidly increased since the beginning of the 20th century and currently represent main cause of Cancer - related mortality worldwide. Most recent data indicate that, in Brazil as whole, Lung Cancer was responsible for 22 424 deaths in 2011, affecting men and women in similar proportions. Lung Cancer also constitutes the second most common type of cancer in Europe and the United States, creating a remarkable burden not only for the health care system but also for society and the economy. Smoking is, independently, most important risk factor for Lung Cancer development, likelihood ratio between smokers and non - smokers having been estimated at 10: 1. Non - Small cell Lung Cancer, which is predominant histology, encompasses three subtypes: squamous cell Carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell Carcinoma. The remaining 10 - 15% of cases are Small cell Lung Cancer. Assessment of patients with suspected Lung Cancer routinely included morphological imaging evaluation, with either chest X - rays or CT of thorax. In addition - although not Diagnostic in character - 18F - fluorodeoxyglucose Positron emission tomography, bone scintigraphy, and somatostatin receptor scintigraphy have been increasingly incorporated into daily practice in recent decades, providing physicians with useful and complementary information on functional characteristics of lesions. More recently, emergence of combined PET / CT imaging has greatly aided investigation of Lung Cancer by allowing even better delineation of areas with increased tracer uptake.

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Discussion

For the last decade, molecular imaging with FDG - PET has become part of the diagnostic arsenal of tests considered for evaluation of suspicious lung nodules. This method of imaging is suggested based on low - quality evidence for diagnosis of solid nodules larger than 8mm. 2 limitation of FDG - PET in diagnosis of smaller lesions is well documented and this meta - analysis also found studies reporting lesions smaller than 2 cm had lower sensitivity compared with studies reporting on larger nodules. 3 91 92 Previous meta - analysis found FDG - PET to be highly sensitive and reasonably specific in diagnosis of Lung Cancer. 5 6 compared to prior studies, sensitivity and specificity in our meta - analysis was lower. Hsroc was 0. 9, which is similar to that reported by Gould et al 6, and our study also exhibits heterogeneity across studies. In 2001 meta - analysis, 6 727 of 1474 lesions were from Japanese or European populations. 6 Also, portion of studies in meta - analysis were populations from the northeast or other areas of the United States where granulomatous disease is less common. Similarly, in a study by Cronin et al, 5 out of 860 out of 1190 lesions reported in 22 studies review were from geographic areas where infectious Lung Disease is rare. In regions where infectious lung disease is highly prevalent, specificity of FDG - PET scans to diagnose lung nodules suspicious for Lung Cancer in our study was approximately 61%. However, best specificity in endemic regions was 66%. Therefore, in individuals being evaluated for suspicious lung lesion, and who reside in regions with significant endemic infectious lung disease, FDG - PET / CT scans do not reliably distinguish benign disease from lung cancer. We have shown that the specificity of FDG - PET / CT for diagnosis of Lung Cancer was overstated in regions with endemic infectious lung disease and could lead to unnecessary biopsies or thoracotomies for indeterminate lung nodules. Knowledge of this limitation in such regions is especially important should low - dose CT screening for Lung Cancer be widely adopted and should be reflected in current number management guidelines. 2 3 our review includes more studies and had greater heterogeneity in both sensitivity and specificity when compared to earlier meta - analyses by Gould et al 6 and Cronin et al. 5 Some heterogeneity across studies arises from scanning method, size of lesion examine, whether studies rely only on pathological verification of cancer, and prevalence of endemic infectious lung disease in study population. However, there remains substantial variability among studies in test performance that was not accounted for by these factors. We have observed a transition in literature from scanners using FDG - PET only to FDG - PET / CT since their introduction into clinical practice in 2001. 93 94 Recently, radiologists have undertaken significant efforts to find complement or replacement for FDG radionuclide or positron emission image - generating scanner.S 42 95 - 98 we attempt to include breadth of research in PET for Lung nodule diagnosis by searching for studies that compare new modalities or radio nuclides to existing FDG - PET or PET plus CT.

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Acknowledgments

More than 200 000 new cases of Lung Cancer are diagnosed in the European Union each year. This disease is by far the most common cause of Cancer - related death in the EU. Due to an increase in smoking amongst females, increase in overall incidence is to be expected well into the first decades of the 21st century. Conventional imaging, including chest radiography, compute tomography, ultrasonography, and magnetic resonance imaging, has a major role in diagnosis, staging, and follow - up of patients with Lung Cancer. Although these imaging tests allow exquisite anatomic detail, they usually do not provide definitive diagnosis or staging. Therefore, more invasive tests with tissue sampling are often require. Positron emission tomography was initially used as a research tool for brain function studies 1 2 and assessment of cardiac metabolism 3 4. In the past 5 yrs, however, > 80% of its indications have been as innovative imaging technique in tumour patients. Different applications in Lung Cancer are listed in Table 1. Use of 18 Ffluoro2deoxy - glucose - PET in respiratory Oncology is based on its ability to visualize differences between glucose metabolism of tissues. Neoplastic cells have a much higher rate of glycolysis than non - neoplastic cells and increase cellular uptake of glucose, probably due to increased expression of glucose transport proteins 5 - 8. Fdg, glucose analogue in which oxygen molecule in position 2 is replaced by positron - emitting 18 fluorine, undergoes the same uptake as glucose, but is metabolically trapped and accumulates in neoplastic cell after phosphorylation by hexokinase 9 - 11. Positron - emitting isotopes, such as 18 fluorine, have excess of protons and are therefore unstable. They decay by emission of positron, which is a subatomic, positively charge, antiparticle of negatively charged electron. Positron release in this process has kinetic energy, travels a short distance, and then annihilates with electron. This annihilation creates two 511 KEV photons, emitted in opposite directions. Detection of high numbers of these annihilations by detector rings of PET camera generates high - resolution pictures indicating sites of FDG accumulation in body 12. Preferential accumulation of FDG in neoplastic cells permits differentiation between benign and malignant tissue. In this way, FDG - PET compliments information on standard imaging with metabolic information. Illustration of reduction of radiation treatment volume when using 18 Ffluoro2deoxy - glucose positron emission tomography. According to computer tomography, malignancy is located in right upper lobe tumour T, right hilar nodes 10R, right 4R and leave 4L lower paratracheal nodes, and subcarinal ones 7. B FDG - PET correctly excludes lymph node disease in stations 7 and 10R. This reduced treatment volume by 37%. Authors want to thank numerous other coworkers involved in the 18 Ffluoro2deoxy - glucose positron emission tomography Research programme of Leuven Lung Cancer Group LLCG in alphabetic order: data - nursing LLCG b. Anrys, D. Strens, nuclear Medicine p. Dupont, L. Mortelmans, S. Stroobants, pathology e. Verbeken, pneumology M. Demedts, K. Nackaerts, radiology J. Bogaert, W. De Wever, J.


Conclusions

Fdg - PET - CT currently plays an important and central role in multidisciplinary management of lung cancer. Pet - CT combines metabolic and morphologic data, allowing it to offer increased ability to diagnose malignant lung nodules when compared to conventional CT imaging. Integrate PET - CT combines the benefits of PET and CT, whilst minimizing their limitations in diagnosis, staging and treatment of NSCLC. Pet - CT offers superior assessment for lymph nodal involvement and for presence of local or distant metastatic disease than can be achieved on conventional imaging alone, and is often used to interpret equivocal lesions identified on such imaging modalities. Pet - CT scans can also offer predictive and prognostic information after both neoadjuvant and definitive therapy. Increasingly, value of PET - CT in disease surveillance following treatment is being recognise and its role may increase in future. Understanding of limitations of FDG - PET will also provide more accurate interpretation of PET - CT findings. In conclusion, increased use of PET - CT scans in investigation of patients with NSCLC allows for more accurate staging and therefore more appropriate management decisions. It is hopped that this translates to improved patient outcomes and increased cost - effectiveness, by avoiding inappropriate treatments.

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Lillian's story

Positron emission tomography has been studied for a variety of indications in patients with known or suspected non - small cell Lung Cancer. In this review, we discuss potential benefits and limitations of PET for characterizing Lung nodules, Staging mediastinum, Identifying occult distant metastasis, determining prognosis and treatment response, guiding plans for radiation therapy, Restaging during and after treatment, and selecting targets for tissue sampling. Evidence from randomize, control trials supports use of PET for initial Staging in NSCLC, while lower quality evidence from studies of diagnostic accuracy and modeling studies supports use of PET for characterizing lung nodules. For most other indications in NSCLC, additional studies are required to clarify the role of PET and determine who is most likely to benefit.

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Imaging tests to look for lung cancer

Doctors often use hollow needle to get small samples from suspicious area. The advantage of needle biopsies is that they do require surgical incision. The drawback is that they remove only small amounts of tissue and in some cases, amount of tissue removed might not be enough to both make a diagnosis and to perform more tests on cancer cells that can help doctors choose anticancer drugs. A doctor uses a syringe with a very thin, hollow needle to withdraw cells and small fragments of tissue. Fna biopsy may be done to check for cancer in lymph nodes between the lungs. Transtracheal FNA or transbronchial FNA is done by passing a needle through the wall of trachea or bronchi during bronchoscopy or endobronchial ultrasound. In some patients, FNA biopsy is done during endoscopic esophageal ultrasound by passing a needle through the wall of the esophagus. A larger needle is used to remove one or more small cores of tissue. Samples from core biopsies are often preferred because they are larger than FNA biopsies. If the suspected tumor is in the outer part of lungs, biopsy needle can be put through skin on the chest wall. Area where needle is to be inserted may be numb with local anesthesia first. The doctor then guides needle into the area while looking at lungs with either fluoroscopy or CT scan. A possible complication of this procedure is that air may leak out of the lung at the biopsy site and into space between the lung and chest wall. This is called pneumothorax. It can cause part of the lung to collapse and cause trouble breathing. If air leak is small, it often gets better without any treatment. Large air leaks are treated by inserting a chest tube which sucks out air over a day or two, after which it usually heals on its own.

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