Video: Cytology vs. Biopsy

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In this week’s “What Does That Really Mean?” video series, Patient Advocate Missy Miller breaks down the differences between a cytology and a biopsy.

Transcription:

“Hi, I’m Missy Miller, a patient advocate here at the Mesothelioma Center.  Welcome to this week’s “What Does That Really Mean?”

This week I’ll be talking about the difference between a cytology and a biopsy.

A cytology is where the doctor goes in and removes some fluid from the lungs. The fluid is then looked at under a microscope to look for any cancerous cells. In a biopsy an actual tissue sample of the lungs is taken. It’s then looked at under a microscope to determine if the tissue has any cancerous cells.

Now you know the difference between cytology and biopsy. Thanks for watching.”

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