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Screening & Early Detection

Pulmonary metastases are either detected when the primary tumor is diagnosed or appear years after diagnosis and treatment. They may develop as solitary or multiple masses.

Although symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain may occur, most of these lesions are detected incidentally on radiological studies performed during follow-up visits, including:

A biopsy of the lesion to obtain a diagnosis can be performed using fine-needle aspiration (FNA) or using a minimally invasive procedure used at NYU Medical Center known as Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)