If you feel you have any signs and symptoms of the lung cancer it is always wise to seek medical opinion from a doctor. Doctors do various investigations to conclude whether the patient is having lung cancer or not.. The following are the investigations for lung cancer
Physical Examination and History
A thorough patient history may reveal the symptoms of cancer, asking about risk factors of lung cancer like smoking, how long patient has been smoking, asking about the working environment, like people who work in the fiber glass industry with inappropriate safety measures, and other chemical industries have the risk of getting lung cancer.
Physical examination reveals whether the patient has any signs of lung cancer or any chronic respiratory diseases which may be as a consequence of lung cancer.
nodules in the lungs or benign tumors called hamartomas in the lung. Even if the doctor finds a calcified nodule in the lung, but still it’s not possible to conclude whether that is a cancer benign or malignant tumor. So, patient needs to undergo further investigations.
bronchoscopy. During this procedure a risk of pneumothorax is involved.
bronchoscope and usually its performed by a surgeon or a pulmonologist. After this procedure patient may have side effects like cough up dark-brown blood for 1 to 2 days, decreased oxygen in the blood.