Lung Nodule Clinic
Potentially Saving Your Life
The purpose of the CT lung cancer screening is to look for lung nodules.
Nodules are common, and about 97 percent are noncancerous. However, a
nodule can represent early lung cancer. The Lung Nodule Clinic is designed
to help diagnose, monitor and treat patients with previously identified
or suspected lung nodules. “We offer patients access to a multidisciplinary
team of experts who work together to evaluate lung nodules that may be
detected during routine examinations or through our lung screening program,”
says K. Adam Lee, MD, medical director of the Thoracic Surgery and Lung
Center of Excellence at Jupiter Medical Center.
“If necessary, our team--which includes pulmonologists, thoracic
surgeons, gastroenterologists and interventional radiologists--will conduct
additional tests to determine whether the nodule is cancerous, including
a bronchoscopy with or without EBUS, an endoscopic ultrasound, a CT-guided
lung biopsy or a surgical biopsy.”
What is a Lung Nodule?
- A pulmonary nodule is an abnormality in the lung smaller than 3 cm in diameter.
Generally, it must grow to at least 1 cm 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.
- A lung nodule is symptom-less, and they are usually found by chance on
a chest x-ray or CT scan.
- Approximately 150,000 cases are detected every year, and it is important
to quickly determine whether the lung nodule is benign or malignant. Prompt
diagnosis and treatment may be the only chance to cure the cancer.
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 at Jupiter Medical Center’s Thoracic
Surgery and Lung Center of Excellence within 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
and the patient navigator will continue to guide you through any further
Contact our Lung Nodule Clinic at 561-263-5560.