Solitary Pulmonary Nodule (cont.)
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Solitary Pulmonary Nodule Prognosis
Most solitary pulmonary nodules are benign, but they may represent an early stage of lung cancer.
Lung cancer survival rates remain dismally low at 14% at 5 years. However, early lung cancer (i.e., lung cancer that is diagnosed when the primary tumor is smaller than 3 cm in diameter [stage 1A]), can be associated with a 5 year survival rate of 70% to 80%.
Accordingly, the only chance for cure of early lung cancer that presents as solitary pulmonary nodule is prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/11/2015
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