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Understanding pathology reports 

A biopsy, the process of takng suspicious tissue or fluid and studying it under a microscope, can confirm the presence of cancer. A doctor called a pathologist examines the tissue or fluid and prepares a pathology report. If cancer is confirmed, the report will provide the information your doctor needs to begin to develop your treatment plan. When the tissue is examined, biomarker testing may also be done to help further identify treatment options.

Learn more about lung cancer pathology reports

Pathology Reports (National Cancer Institute)

How to read your pathology report with specific information on three types of lung cancer: adenocarcinoma, squamous cell and small cell (College of American Pathologists)

Understanding your pathology report: FAQ sheet for lung cancer (University of Illinois Chicago School of Medicine, Department of Pathology)

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Tests and procedures to identify treatment options