Users' questions

How long should lung nodules be followed?

How long should lung nodules be followed?

For multiple solid pulmonary nodules that are 6 mm or larger, initial follow-up at 3–6 months is required, regardless of the risk factors. For low-risk patients, the guidelines suggest an optional additional follow-up at 18–24 months.

What happens if you have a small nodule in Your Lung?

Even if a small nodule turns out to be lung cancer, it is likely to be an early stage lung cancer. People with early stage lung cancer that is treated are less likely to die of lung cancer than people who are diagnosed at a later stage when the cancer has started to cause symptoms.

Can a lung nodule be found on a CT scan?

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.

When to be aware of pulmonary nodules and masses?

Nodules and masses are most often seen in metastatic disease to the lung. Always be aware of artifacts, especially on radiographs, where buttons or nipple shadows can often be mistaken for a true pulmonary nodule 7 .

How big is a pulmonary nodule in centimeters?

Pulmonary nodules are smaller than three centimeters (around 1.2 inches) in diameter. If the growth is larger than that, it is called a pulmonary mass and is more likely to represent a cancer than a nodule.

How serious are lung nodules?

A lung nodule is a mass of tissue located in the lungs. Though about 40% of these growths are benign, they can be cancerous, especially in older people and smokers. Many people with this condition don’t have any symptoms, though some do have wheezing, shortness of breath, or a persistent cough.

What are the odds that a lung nodule is cancer?

Overall, the likelihood that a lung nodule is cancer is 40 percent. However, a person’s actual risk depends on a variety of factors, such as age: In people younger than 35, the chance that a lung nodule is malignant is less than 1 percent, while half of lung nodules in people over 50 are cancerous.

What are benign lung nodules?

Benign lung nodules are small, noncancerous masses of tissue typically discovered incidentally on a chest x-ray or CT scan. One out of every 500 to 1,000 chest x-rays reveals an unexpected lung nodule.

What are the symptoms of a pulmonary nodule?

Pulmonary nodules usually cause no symptoms and are frequently discovered when a patient has a chest x-ray or CT scan for another reason. When they do cause symptoms, however, those symptoms may include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or, in the case of pneumonia, fever.