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Smoking. Lung cancer, COPD, swelling in face and eye. Done biopsy. What should help?

member of my family had a biopsy on his lung right next to his heart about 6m think its cancer due to many years of smoking his lung colasped due to COPD the text came back inconclusive didn't get enough tissue and has spent five days in the hospital for something that was to be out patatient. now they wabt to due it again but he he scared due to having to have to have a breating tube a chest tube and face and eyes swollen shut from the biopsy what do you do now?
Asked On : Mon, 14 Oct 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hi!
welcome to HCM!
Ocassionally, a sample of tissue does not reveal a diagnosis. A report such as this may be returned as "inconclusive." In that case, there are still several options.
If the likelihood is low that the abnormality in your family member's chest is cancer, you may opt to wait and do a repeat scan in a few months. Similarly, even if the spot may be cancerous and having a precise diagnosis wouldn’t alter treatment, you may choose to wait.

If on the other hand a diagnosis is important, you and your doctor may choose to repeat the biopsy or find a different means of obtaining a tissue sample.

The risks of a lung biopsy vary depending on the type of procedure, the location of the tissue and your general health. The most common complications are bleeding or an air leak from your lung.
hope this will help you!
Answered: Mon, 14 Oct 2013
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