Lung Nodule Clinic

Prompt diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, which can initially present as a lung nodule, may be the best chance for curing cancer. Sovah Health - Martinsville’s Lung Nodule Clinic at Martinsville Pulmonology combines a multidisciplinary team of experts in interventional pulmonology, radiology and oncology to provide early diagnosis, navigation and expedited care for lung nodules. If you have been diagnosed with a lung nodule, commonly called a “spot on the lung,” your doctor can refer to you the Clinic or you are able to self refer.


What is a lung nodule?

A lung nodule is a small mass of tissue in the lung, which appears as a spot or shadow on a chest x-ray or computerized tomography (CT) scan. Often these nodules cause no symptoms and therefore go undetected. While most nodules are benign (non-cancerous), some nodules are early signs of lung cancer and require prompt evaluation. Non-cancerous lung nodules usually require no treatment. Your doctor may recommend periodic imaging tests to see if a lung nodule grows or changes over time.

If a lung nodule is new or has changed in size, shape or appearance, the doctors at the Lung Nodule Clinic may recommend further testing to determine if it is cancerous.

Non-surgical biopsy options:

  • Bronchoscopy: A thin flexible, lighted tube (bronchoscope) is passed into the back of the throat through either the mouth or nose. The tube is used to enter into your windpipe and airways so the doctor can take samples of the spot in the central areas of your lungs
     
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS): An ultrasound assisted bronchoscopy that allows for better examination of the lymph nodes and other structures in the center of the chest. This method can be used to see if cancer has spread to the lymph nodes by removing tissue samples for testing.
     
  • Navigational Bronchoscopy: The doctor enters your lung using a bronchoscope in combination with LungGPS™ technology (similar to GPS navigation) to access difficult-to-reach areas of the lungs, lymph nodes and surrounding areas. This is a minimally invasive method to take tissue samples for a diagnosis and can mark areas to pinpoint future treatment if needed.
     
  • Needle Biopsy: A hollow needle is inserted directly through the chest to get a sample of the spot seen by your doctor on the low-dose CT scan.


To self-refer or to learn more about our Lung Nodule Clinic, please call Martinsville Pulmonology at 276.670.7141.