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Small, noncancerous lung nodules don't usually require treatment. You may need treatments, such as antibiotics or antifungal medications, if you have an infection. If the nodule grows, causes problems or is cancerous, you may need surgery.
May 28, 2021
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Are pleural based nodules cancerous?
Pleural tumors are found in the pleural space—the cavity between the lungs and chest wall that contains lubricating pleural fluid. A pleural tumor is almost always metastatic (cancerous) and difficult to operate on. The prognosis is seldom encouraging.
What causes pleural nodules?
The most common causes of benign nodules include granulomas (clumps of inflamed tissue) and hamartomas (benign lung tumors). The most common cause of cancerous or malignant lung nodules includes lung cancer or cancer from other regions of the body that has spread to the lungs (metastatic cancer).
Can pleural cancer be cured?
Pleural malignant mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma cancer. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include chest pain, dry cough, fatigue and shortness of breath. Some pleural mesothelioma patients have achieved long-term survival after aggressive treatment, but it is not considered to be a curable cancer.
How do doctors treat lung nodules?
Treatment for lung nodules may range from a “watchful waiting” approach for benign nodules, to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for malignant nodules. If the nodule is benign, your physician will monitor the nodule periodically with CT scans, to determine if any changes in size or shape have occurred.
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... procedures to evaluate and treat pulmonary nodules and various lung lesions. ... with enlarged lymph nodes, collapsed lung, or pleural effusion.
If a lung nodule is small and it isn't growing, it's not likely to be cancer. It probably doesn't need treatment. Your health care provider may look at past ...
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