Depending upon the cause—whether the lung nodules are related to infections, inflammation or another condition—treatment can vary widely. Many times, lung nodules that haven't changed over a period of a few years will not required treatment and can be left alone. It is important to have a doctor periodically monitor lung nodules to ensure if they become cancerous, that they can be treated early, when cancer is most beatable.
If lung nodules are cancers, doctors will apply a number of different approaches, as their location, size and growth will require varying levels of treatment. Many times, a combination of different therapies will be employed, including surgery to remove part or all of the lung, targeted radiation therapy, chemotherapy and clinical trial programs.
Our multi-disciplinary team of pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists and interventional radiologists at Florida Hospital work closely together to evaluate indeterminate lung nodules that may have been detected during routine examinations.