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How are benign lung nodules and tumors treated?

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Your doctor may simply keep an eye on a suspicious lung nodule with multiple chest X-rays over several years. Or they may suggest a biopsy, or remove a nodule if:

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

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 Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2019

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 Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2019

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