How Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Is Diagnosed Imaging. ... Labs and Tests. ... Biopsy. ... Genomics (Gene Testing) It's now recommended that everyone with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have genomic testing done on their tumor (including people with squamous cell carcinoma ). ... PD-L1 Testing and Tumor Mutation Burden. ... Staging. ... Differential Diagnosis. ... A Word From Verywell. ...What is advanced non-small cell lung cancer?
Small cell lung cancer may be advanced but is covered in a different section. Advanced non-small cell lung cancers include: Lung adenocarcinoma - Which is responsible for roughly half of these tumors. This is the type of cancer that is most common in women, non-smokers, and young adults with lung cancer.