lung cancer screening

Lung Nodule Clinic

Early detection of lung cancer is crucial to achieving the best outcomes. That’s why our lung nodule clinic provides patients with suspected or identified lung nodules the most effective testing, tools and resources. 

What is a Lung Nodule?

A lung (or pulmonary) nodule is a small round- or oval-shaped growth in the lung, usually found incidentally on a chest x-ray or CT scan. Lung nodules often cause no symptoms; therefore, usually go undetected without advanced testing. While more than 90 percent of lung nodules are benign or not cancerous, some nodules may be an early stage of lung cancer. Nodules also may indicate a more advanced lung cancer where cancer has spread from another part of the body to the affected lung. 

What happens if you have a lung nodule?

If your physician finds a lung nodule on an x-ray or CT scan, you may be referred to the lung nodule clinic for further examination by our lung collaborative team which consists of a Pulmonologist, Lung Health Navigator, Oncology nurse and Patient Care Assistant. 

During the appointment

Please arrive in the Cancer Center located on D-Level of the hospital at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment.  Bring a picture ID, insurance card(s) and current medication list. The visit will take approximately 1- 1 ½ hours.   It is encouraged someone accompany you to your appointment

A Patient Care Assistant will check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, oxygen level and weight.  The Lung Health Navigator and Pulmonologist will meet with you to complete a comprehensive assessment of your lung health which includes your medical history, smoking history, and current symptoms.  You will have the opportunity to review the CT scan or x-ray findings with the pulmonologist.  Together, you and the specialists, will develop a management plan that is tailored to you and communicated to your primary care physician.

Next Steps

Our multidisciplinary lung care team is deeply committed to providing you with the most experienced and personalized care. Most lung nodules only need ongoing monitoring while others may require immediate next steps. Our experts will guide you through the most effective approach based on your results. Please feel free at any time during your visit to ask any questions you may have and it is our goal that you complete your appointment with a solid understanding of the next step in your care. 

Patients who have one or more lung nodules may undergo a robotic bronchoscopy. This advanced, minimally invasive technology helps doctors visualize and test small, potentially cancerous nodules in hard-to-reach areas of the lung. 

Treatment Guidelines

Utilizing The Fleischner Society Guidelines— considered best practice for pulmonary nodule management—a strategy and treatment plan will be coordinated, together with the patient and communicated with the PCP.