Lung Nodule Clinic



Not every lung nodule ends with a cancer diagnosis. Early detection, accurate evaluation of nodules and rapid intervention are all keys to a good outcome. Jupiter Medical Center’s lung nodule clinic is here to find out in time. Because the only thing worse than finding cancer, is finding it too late.

 

What is a Lung Nodule?
A pulmonary nodule is an abnormality in the lung that is smaller than 3 cm (slightly larger than an inch) in diameter. Generally, a pulmonary nodule must grow to at least 1 cm (the size of a pea) in diameter before it can be seen on a chest x-ray. CT Scans can detect nodules less than 1 cm in size.
 
Pulmonary nodules are surrounded by normal lung tissue and are not associated with any other abnormality in the lung or nearby lymph nodes.

  • People with a lung nodule or nodule(s) do not experience symptoms.
  • Lung nodules are usually found by chance on a chest x-ray or CT scan taken for another reason.
  • Lung nodules are one of the most common abnormalities seen on radiographic images.
  • Approximately 150,000 cases are detected every year, on x-ray films or CT Scans.
  • Most lung nodules are benign (noncancerous); however, they may represent an early stage of primary lung cancer.

Determining whether the lung nodule is benign or malignant is important. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of early lung cancer, presenting as a lung nodule, may be the only chance to cure the cancer.
 

Multidisciplinary Team Approach
As a patient you have access to a team of physician’s specialists including:

  • Pulmonologist
  • Thoracic Surgeon
  • Interventional Radiologist
  • Pathologist

In addition to these specialists you will have a dedicated Lung Navigator to answer any questions and guide you through the process. 

Lung Nodule Clinic Process
If you have an abnormal chest x- ray or CT of the Lung, or if you are seeking a second opinion, you can be seen within 24-48 hours for an evaluation. A physician referral is not necessary to contact us. Our patient navigator is always available to answer questions and help you make an initial appointment. You will leave the clinic with a plan of care the same day as your consultation.

 

For more information about our program or to make an appointment, please call (561) 263-5560.