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How do doctors treat benign lung nodules and tumors?

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In many cases, your doctor may simply observe a suspicious lung nodule with multiple chest X-rays over several years. However, your doctor may suggest a biopsy or removal of an entire nodule in situations like these:

  • You are a smoker and the nodule is large.
  • You have symptoms.
  • A scan suggests the nodule might be cancerous.
  • The nodule has grown.

From: Lung Nodules and Benign Lung Tumors WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: University of Rochester Medical Center: "Pulmonary Nodules." Medscape: "Can Malignant and Benign Pulmonary Nodules Be Differentiated With Diffusion-Weighted MRI?" MedlinePlus: "Solitary Pulmonary Nodule." EMedicine from WebMD: "Benign Lung Tumors," "Hamartoma, Lung," and "Solitary Pulmonary Nodule." MacMahon, H et al. "Guidelines for Management of Small Pulmonary Nodules Detected on CT Scans: A Statement from the Fleischner Society," 2005; vol 237:pp 395–400. Radiology

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 15, 2017

SOURCES: University of Rochester Medical Center: "Pulmonary Nodules." Medscape: "Can Malignant and Benign Pulmonary Nodules Be Differentiated With Diffusion-Weighted MRI?" MedlinePlus: "Solitary Pulmonary Nodule." EMedicine from WebMD: "Benign Lung Tumors," "Hamartoma, Lung," and "Solitary Pulmonary Nodule." MacMahon, H et al. "Guidelines for Management of Small Pulmonary Nodules Detected on CT Scans: A Statement from the Fleischner Society," 2005; vol 237:pp 395–400. Radiology

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 15, 2017

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