Experienced Specialists Treating Lung Nodules
Norton Pulmonary Specialists is a leader in treating lung conditions such as lung nodules for patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
A lung nodule is a small, round growth in the lung sometimes referred to as a “spot on the lung.” Most are benign.
Nodules are smaller than 3 centimeters or 1.2 inches. A growth larger than that is considered a pulmonary mass and is more likely to be cancerous. Nodules are found in up to half of adults who get a chest X-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan, according to the American Thoracic Society.
The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Norton Pulmonary Specialists have the experience and training to provide a precise diagnosis of lung nodules. If treatment is necessary, they’ll develop a customized plan for your case.
Norton Pulmonary Specialists work together as a team to collaborate on your case. They also work with specialists across the Norton Healthcare system to collect viewpoints from other physicians when necessary. Whether you need symptom management or aggressive treatment for cancer, we have the resources to take care of you.
What Is a Lung Nodule?
Lung nodules are small overgrowths of tissue surrounded by healthy tissue and will be apparent in a chest X-ray or CT scan.
Scar tissue, a healed infection or an irritant from the air can cause a lung nodule.
Are Lung Nodules Serious?
Very few lung nodules are cancerous. Likelihood of cancer increases if you are older, if the nodule is larger, if you are or have been a cigarette smoker or have other cancer risks such as a family history or asbestos exposure.
We’ll monitor your nodule to watch for growth over time. We’ll conduct regular CT scans to track the size of your nodule. Benign nodules usually don’t grow. If it stays the same for two years, the chances of cancer are very low.
In some cases, we’ll need to take a biopsy of the nodule with a needle or surgery.