Lung Nodule Clinic

The Lung Nodule Clinic provides innovative pulmonary programs that utilize a multi-disciplinary team approach with emphasis on patient-centered care.  The clinic aims toward the early detection and treatment of lung nodules and thoracic malignancies by reducing delays in the evaluation and treatment of patients.  The Lung Nodule Clinic initiates standardized follow-up and treatment pathways specific to the current disease process of each patient using an integrative approach and helping to navigate patients through the continuum of care.

What is a Lung Nodule?

A lung nodule (or mass) is a small abnormal area that is sometimes found during a CT scan of the chest. These scans are done for many reasons, such as part of lung cancer screening, or to check the lungs if you have symptoms.

Most lung nodules seen on CT scans are not cancer. They are more often the result of old infections, scar tissue, or other causes. But tests are often needed to be sure a nodule is not cancer.

Who should be screened for Lung Nodules?

Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death in the United States. Low-Dose CT (LDCT) scans have become the standard of care over the past decade and have resulted in a 20% decrease in mortality due to the ability to diagnose at an early stage.  If you meet all of the following criteria, you are considered "high-risk" for developing lung cancer, and screening with yearly low-dose CT scan is recommended:

  • 55-77 years of age

  • Has a 30 pack-year history of smoking (this means one pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 14 years, etc.)

  • AND, is a current smoker, or has quit within the last 15 years

Annual Low-Dose CT (LDCT)

Contact your primary care provider about scheduling a LDCT scan.  Learn more about LDCT scan here

Lung Nodule Clinic (LNC)

When patients are referred to the LNC, our clinicians and surgeons will determine the best diagnostic and treatment options based on individual patient needs.  This includes monitoring with follow-up CT scans, blood tests, navigational bronchoscopies and transthoracic navigational biopsies. If a patient is found to have a lung nodule, either by a screening or an incidental finding, you can rely on our LNC team to provide the care needed.

Patients Receive:
• Quick access to initial visit appointment
• Continuity of care by the same team of providers
• Ongoing communication with referring provider
• Coordination of specialty care
• Patient education throughout the process
• Smoking cessation as needed

If you have any questions, please call The Lung Nodule Clinic at 931-962-9861 or contact your primary care provider.