A Mediastinoscopy is a procedure that a lung cancer patient undergoes when they are fighting the disease. It entails a doctor looking at the area in the middle of your chest between your lungs, to see if the cancer has spread to any vital organs. If it has, then there are next steps doctors must take to stem it’s spread. If it hasn’t then it is a relatively good sign. Often though there is often still a long way to go. Below are some helpful facts about this procedure.

1. What Happens in the Procedure?

During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision in the middle of the patient’s lower neck. They will then insert a metal tube that has both a light and camera in it. They will then examine your organs in your chest to see if there has been any spread of the cancer. Tissue biopsies will also be taken from your body during this procedure to further check for any spread of the cancer through lab tests.