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My name is Michele and I just found out yesterday that my mother has a tumor on her right lung. She is going for a biopsy on Monday. What exactly do they do a biopsy for? I thought it was to see if it was malignant but the doctors have already told her it's cancer(she has been to 3 doctors). I have already posted on here in another section and everyone has been so helpful and kind. I am so glad I found this site because I feel like it is going to be so much help for me.

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Dear Michelle,

There are several types of lung cancer. Maybe the docs are doing the biopsy to see which type of lung cancer your Mom has. Once they have this information, they will "stage" her disease and then they will develop a treatment plan for her.

Good luck to you and your Mom,


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Michelle, Welcome to the boards, and I hope that you find this site of help to you. Regarding your question about the biopsy, Ada hit the nail on the head. Treatment cannot begin without a biopsy. Treatment cannot begin until the doctors know what type and what stage the cancer is at. Different types of cancer respond differently to the many different types of treatment that are out there.

Please let us know when the biopsy results come back, we are here if you need us at all. Take care, Deb

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Hello Michele: Welcome, my very best to you and your mom. :)

Glad you are here, Ada is right, your moms cancer needs to be staged and typed. They do the biopsy to view the cells, it could be small cell lung cancer ( SCLC ); or non- small cell lung cancer ( NSCLC), if NSCLC, it could be squamous, Adeno, or large cell ; :?:? ; I know it can be overwelming, best bet is to print out some material, so you have an understanding, when you see the doc.'s. I've also found it helpful to write out my questions before the visit. and by all means get and talk about second opinions and ask for specialists with experience. Everyone will be understanding.

God bless, be well and you and your mom will be in my prayers.

Bobmc- NSCLC- stage IIB- left pneumonectomy- 5/2/01

" absolutely insist on enjoying life today!"

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Hey Michele.

Good to see you're finding this site useful. These days, lung cancer is more manageable and treatable than the statistics let you beieve. Keep yourself informed. Go "back to school" on this cancer stuff; learn as much as possible so you can talk to, and question the doctors on procedures, and results. One good place to start before the results come in from the biopsy is the main page of this site; I found that reading the glossary of cancer terminologies helped me understand a lot. Take care, and don't panic - you need to be strong for your mom. Keep us posted,

David P.

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