cancerous nodules can be identified through biopsy, but positive identification
of noncancerous nodules can still be difficult. If a biopsy shows cancer,
surgery can often remove the cancer. If your doctor determines that you have a
high risk of having a cancerous nodule, he or she may decide not to do this
test and instead recommend surgery to remove the nodule. A
pathologist looks at the nodule under a microscope to
see if it is cancer.
Follow-up testing for a noncancerous SPN
includes chest X-rays or CT scans as often as your doctor recommends to look
for any change in the size or shape of the nodule.