Lung Nodules

At the Rod Taylor Thoracic Center at Orlando Health Cancer Institute, our thoracic experts provide comprehensive and compassionate care for lung nodules. We can diagnose, monitor and treat lung nodules all in one convenient location.

What Are Lung Nodules?

A lung nodule is a small mass of tissue in the lung that usually does not cause symptoms. Most lung nodules are benign (noncancerous), but some can be cancerous.

Benign lung nodules are typically caused by:

  • Inflammation
  • Infections
  • Scar tissue from a previous infection

Lung Nodule Diagnosis

Since lung nodules do not cause symptoms, they are usually diagnosed during a routine imaging scan of the chest, such as an X-ray or CT scan. A lung nodule shows up as a spot on the image.

Lung Nodule Follow Up Plans

Once the lung nodule is spotted, our experts set up a follow-up plan based on the size and appearance of the nodule.

Nodules that are less than 6 mm in size have a lower chance of becoming cancerous. Therefore, for smaller nodules of less than 6 mm, your personalized follow up plan may include:

  • CT scans every three to 12 months after diagnosis to check the nodule(s)
  • Follow-up appointments

For larger nodules over 1 cm or nodules with a concerning shape, your personalized follow up plan may include:

  • Immediate biopsy and evaluation
  • More frequent follow-up CT scans and appointments

When Rowena’s retirement was shaken by a lung cancer diagnosis, she worried her days as a retiree wouldn’t be the adventure she hoped for. Fortunately, Orlando Health Cancer Institute changed everything. Thanks to expert surgery and continued care with our team, Rowena is cancer-free and loving every minute of retirement.

Rowena, Patient