Once an evaluation is complete, the physicians at the Beth Israel Lung Nodule Center will make their treatment recommendation based on the diagnosis. For instance, if the cause of a nodule is:
Benign or indeterminate: In many cases, these tumors are simply observed and periodically re-evaluated with surveillance imaging (CT scans) over several years. During this time period, should the tumor change in either appearance or size, surgical management for removal may be recommended.
Infection: Tissue diagnosis is critical in an infectious condition, in order to be able to accurately prescribe the appropriate antibiotics. In addition, we work hand in hand with Infectious Disease experts in the management and treatment of the entire range of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.
Inflammation: Inflammatory conditions of the lung are challenging and often difficult disease processes to diagnose and treat. Our Pulmonary Medicine specialists are leaders in the tri-state area in the management of pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial pneumonitis, and chronic, obstructing, and obliterating pneumonias.
Cancer: Pulmonary malignancies—especially when caught at an early stage— are often successfully treated to a cancer-free status with a multidisciplinary treatment protocol that may include surgery alone (including minimally invasive thoracoscopic and robotic techniques), radiation therapy and chemotherapy followed by surgery, or radiation and chemotherapy alone. Patients with pre-existing nodules who are diagnosed with lung cancer will receive the best in comprehensive medical care from a team of experts in radiation oncology, medical oncology, and surgical oncology at Continuum Cancer Centers of NY.