Most patients don’t experience symptoms of lung nodules, therefore the best patient outcomes depend on early diagnosis and prompt care.
Lung nodules are detected most often while the patient is having a CT scan or X-ray for a different medical reason. This type of finding is called an incidental finding. A lung nodule is an abnormal growth in the lung measuring less than 3cm. Nodules are very common. At least 50% of people have them by age 50. Nodules may be the result of a bacterial or fungal infection, scar tissue from previous infection or inflammation, or could be cancerous.
Nodules are usually monitored over time by CT scans to assess for growth or change. The larger the nodule or those that have changed over time are more likely to be cancer. These findings will need more immediate attention.
Jackson-Madison County General Hospital offers a clinic with a multidisciplinary medical staff to help referring providers diagnose, monitor, and treat lung nodules. West Tennessee Healthcare’s Lung Nodule Clinic utilizes the Fleischner Society Guidelines as well as Lung-Rads when monitoring lung nodules.
The clinic’s team includes:
Our nurse navigator serves as the patient’s personal point of contact from detection to follow-up to treatment. The navigator guides our patients every step of the way.
Jackson-Madison County General Hospital
620 Skyline Drive
Jackson, TN 38301
Patient appointments and physician referrals: 731-541-5864
Clinic Hours: Monday- Friday 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. (With the exception of National Holidays)