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How can biopsies be retrieved?

The methods used for retrieving biopsies are the following:

  1. Fine-needle aspiration: cells are extracted through a thin needle and a syringe.
  2. Thoracoscopy: samples are taken with a tube, which is equipped with a small camera and inserted through the chest wall.
  3. Incisional method: this technique is similar to the fine-needle aspiration but the needle is wider in order to get a larger sample.
  4. Mediastinoscopy: similar to thoracoscopy but the tube is inserted through an incision made at the level of the neck.
  5. Excisional method: the samples are taken from the tumor after it is fully removed from the body

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