Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Lung Nodule Program provides an innovative system of monitoring lung nodules to help patients detect lung cancer early, when it is most responsive to treatment.
Our program provides an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to monitor and, if appropriate, manage lung nodules. Only a small percentage of lung nodules are of clinical concern and require invasive interventions. We created this specialized program to ensure patients with lung nodules have access to timely intervention and proper care management adherent to national guidelines.
Lung nodules are very common and about a third of adults who get chest imaging have them. But, they are most often not a cause for concern because roughly 90% of lung nodules are benign. Lung nodules are common because they have a variety of causes, including:
While most are benign, there are risk factors that increase the likelihood that a lung nodule is cancerous or could become cancerous. These include:
Small and benign lung nodules rarely cause any symptoms at all. If you have lung nodules and you start to experience these symptoms, though, it could be an indication of early stage lung cancer and worth making an appointment with your doctor:
When you visit the Banner MD Anderson Lung Nodule Program, you can count on our compassionate experts to answer your questions and provide some of the best care. When you visit, you can expect the following:
If a nodule is determined to be of clinical concern, our team will coordinate appropriate medical tests and intervention(s), next steps and follow-up care while keeping you informed every step of the way.
The Lung Nodule Program at Banner MD Anderson has some of the most robust early diagnosis technology available to help patients identify cancerous nodules before they become untreatable. With a platform that features flexible robotics, doctors can navigate flexible endoscopes to the periphery of the lung with precise control that allows them to perform biopsies for more accurate diagnosis and assessment.
Even though lung nodules are typically benign, current health guidelines recommend ongoing surveillance of lung nodules for a minimum of 2 to 5 years after detection to monitor them. If a lung nodule is found to be cancerous, there are many treatment options available to you, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and more.