Lung cancer, one of the leading causes of death in the Tri-State area, frequently starts as a nodule or a small, round or oval-shaped mass in the lungs. These nodules are often detected during chest X-rays or CT scans for another condition. While most nodules are benign, they can sometimes be cancerous, so timely follow-up is critical.
To expedite follow-up, Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center created the Comprehensive Lung Nodule Program — to provide patients with a fast, convenient and comprehensive way to have their lung nodules checked.
The Comprehensive Lung Nodule Program brings together the region's most leading-edge physician experts and state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to deliver timely, convenient, all-inclusive care for patients with lung nodules. Services include:
Each patient in the Comprehensive Lung Nodule Program receives thorough testing and a consultation with a physician to determine the best course of action for him or her. This simplifies things for patients while maximizing early detection of disease and minimizing unnecessary medical or surgical procedures.
For some patients, a periodic series of CT scans to re-check the size of the nodule will be recommended. A growing nodule can indicate a possible cancer, which can be detected only through ongoing monitoring. If the patient is at high risk for lung cancer or if the appearance of the nodule on the CT scan suggests that it is cancerous, further testing or immediate treatment may be recommended.
Physicians may refer patients to the Comprehensive Lung Nodule Program by calling the program's nurse navigator at 304.691.1689. Patients may also refer themselves by calling the same number.