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Johns Hopkins Bayview News - Pulmonary Nodule Clinic Now Seeing Patients
Pulmonary Nodule Clinic Now Seeing Patients
Date: September 3, 2012
Have you had an abnormal finding on a chest X-ray or CT scan?
Although most pulmonary nodules are not lung cancer, it is essential that they be monitored over time, especially for those who have an increased risk of developing lung cancer (see below).
A diagnostic CT scan, with a higher dose of radiation, or a PET scan often is necessary to help determine if further testing is needed.
“Patients who have nodules need a lung cancer risk assessment and a long-term care plan,” says Peggy Lang, CRNP, thoracic oncology coordinator. “This helps catch the small percentage of nodules that are lung cancer at an early stage when the chance of cure is the highest.”
The clinic’s multidisciplinary treatment team includes specialists in radiology, medical oncology, thoracic surgery and pulmonary medicine who are skilled and experienced in thoracic surgery and lung cancer care.
You may be at risk if you:
- Are over the age of 50
- Have a family history of lung cancer or tobacco-related cancers
- Are a current smoker or former smoker who quit less than 15 years ago
- Have had occupational exposures, such as asbestos
The Pulmonary Nodule Clinic provides:
- Treatment plans for patients with nodules
- Personalized lung cancer risk assessment
- Long-term nodule surveillance
For more information or to make an appointment, call 410-955-LUNG (5864).