Prompt diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, which can initially present as a lung nodule, may be the best chance for curing cancer. Sovah Health - Martinsville's Lung Nodule Clinic combines a multidisciplinary team in interventional pulmonology, radiology and oncology to provide early diagnosis, navigation and expedited care for lung nodules. If you have been diagnosed with a lung nodule, commonly called a "spot on the lung", your doctor may refer you to the clinic or your may self refer.
A lung nodule is a small mass of tissue in the lung, which appears as a spot or shadow on a chest x-ray or computerized tomography (CT) scan. Often these nodules cause no symptoms and therefore go undetected. While most nodules are benign (non-cancerous), some nodules are early signs of lung cancer and require prompt evaluation. Non-cancerous lung nodules usually require no treatment. Your doctor may recommend periodic imaging tests to see if a lung nodule grows or changes over time.
If a lung nodule is new or has changed in size, shape or appearance, the doctors at the Lung Nodule Clinic may recommend further testing to determine if it is cancerous.