Dr. David Spigel, Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, describes the diagnosis, presentation and workup of squamous lung cancer.
What you’ll hear in Part 1:
- Definition of squamous lung cancer
- How and when it is diagnosed
- The importance of a proper diagnosis
- The types of medical imaging a patient will receive
Glossary of some terms you’ll hear in Part 1:
Find more cancer definitions at the National Cancer Institute’s Dictionary of Cancer Terms.
- Biopsy – The removal of cells or tissues for examination by a pathologist.
- Genomics – The study of the complete genetic material, including genes and their functions, of an organism.
- Histology – The study of tissues and cells under a microscope.
- Immunohistochemistry – A technique used to identify specific molecules in different kinds of tissue.
- Pathologist – A doctor who identifies diseases by studying cells and tissues under a microscope.
- PET scan – A procedure in which a small amount of radioactive glucose (sugar) is injected into a vein, and a scanner is used to make detailed, computerized pictures of areas inside the body where the glucose is taken up.
- Squamous lung cancer – One of the three sub-types of lung cancer.
- Unresectable - Unable to be removed by surgery.
- Work-up – An evaluation of a patient’s diagnosis.
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