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 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.
Support Groups and Counseling
If your solitary pulmonary nodule is diagnosed as malignant, you may need counseling and help from support groups to improve your ability to deal with your situation. The following organizations can help you with support and counseling:
Solitary Pulmonary Nodule Pictures
X-ray film of a large, well-circumscribed mass in the periphery of the right upper lobe. The mass was later was determined to be a neurilemoma. Click to view larger image.
Medically reviewed by James E. Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/9/2016
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