A lung nodule, also called a pulmonary nodule, is a small round or oval-shaped growth in the lung that shows up as a spot on an X-ray or CT scan. Nodules are found in up to half of all adults who receive a chest X-ray or CT scan. A lung nodule is usually 3 centimeters in diameter or smaller.
The majority of lung nodules are benign, or non-cancerous. Fewer than 5 percent of all nodules turn out to be cancerous. However, because lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, every lung nodule should be evaluated carefully.
If you’ve been notified of a lung nodule detected from a radiology exam, your radiologist or doctor may recommend a follow-up diagnostic CT scan for further evaluation. It’s important to determine early if a nodule is either a benign tumor or an early stage of cancer. Early detection of lung cancer can greatly increase the success of treating it. Most tumors grow fairly slowly. Even if the nodule is a cancerous tumor, there is a very good chance that surgery or radiation will cure you.
Incidental Lung Nodule Clinic
Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center offers a specialized clinic dedicated to testing and evaluating lung nodules. Nodules can be viewed more closely using different radiology studies or by biopsy (using a needle or surgery to take a sample of the nodule to look at under a microscope). Our team will work with your doctor to determine the next best steps for your situation.
The multi-specialist team at the Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center, Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center includes radiologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, pulmonologists,
pathologists and other experts. Evaluating a lung nodule requires understanding the entire spectrum of treatment options to select the least invasive method for diagnosis and treatment. By choosing Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center for your follow-up diagnostics, you’ll be choosing the best quality care available anywhere. Our Thoracic Care Center has the highest quality rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for lung cancer surgery.
To schedule an appointment for lung nodule testing and evaluation, call 321-843-LUNG (5864).