At Northside Hospital, our pulmonary, thoracic surgery and oncology specialists work together to facilitate early diagnosis and timely care for patients with lung nodules.
Northside Hospital’s Lung Nodule Clinic, located on the Northside Hospital Cherokee campus in Canton, provides fast, accurate, and efficient diagnosis and management of suspicious lung nodules. The clinic is designed to provide care to patients who receive an abnormal chest imaging report of a concerning lung nodule.
Prompt diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, which can initially present as a lung nodule, may be the best chance for curing cancer. Northside’s Lung Nodule Clinic combines a multidisciplinary team in interventional pulmonology, radiology and oncology to provide early diagnosis, coordination, and timely care for lung nodules.
If you have been diagnosed with a lung nodule, commonly called a "spot on the lung", your doctor may refer you to the Clinic or you can self-refer.
For more information, to refer a patient, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Lung Nodule Clinic Information Line at 404-845-5050.
Lung nodules – small masses of tissue in the lung – are common. They appear as round, white shadows on a chest X-ray or computerized tomography (CT) scan.
Often these nodules cause no symptoms and therefore go undetected. The majority of nodules are found through testing performed for other reasons, such as X-rays or CT scans for pneumonia or abdominal pain. While most pulmonary nodules are found to be benign and can come from an infection or scar tissue from an old infection, some are early signs of lung cancer and require prompt evaluation.
Non-cancerous lung nodules usually require no treatment. Your doctor may recommend periodic imaging tests to see if a lung nodule grows or changes over time.
A lung nodule, or “spot” on the lung, can be a cause for anxiety and concern even though it is often a benign finding. Northside’s Lung Nodule Clinic is here to help you and your physician sort through your particular case. The Clinic specializes in expediting the workup of patients with lung nodules found incidentally or through our low dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program.
To schedule an appointment at the Lung Nodule Clinic, please call 404-845-5050. The clinic coordinator will follow up within 24 hours to schedule your appointment and discuss any questions you may have. She will ask you some questions about your medical history and about any prior scans you may have had. If you had scans outside of the Northside Hospital network, you’ll need to obtain a copy and bring it with you to your appointment.
Prior to your appointment, your most recent scan will be reviewed, along with any prior scans you may have had for comparison, and an initial follow up plan will be developed.
At the conclusion of your appointment, your follow-up plan will be finalized and the clinic coordinator with work with you to schedule any required tests, procedures, etc. before you leave the Clinic.
Patients are typically referred to us by their doctor for nodules seen on imaging which measure 8 mm or greater. If you had a chest CT performed and are looking for a second opinion, we also accept self-referrals.
Contact the Lung Nodule Clinic Information Line at 404-845-5050 for the following:
Lung Nodule Clinic Information Line
Northside Hospital Lung Nodule Clinic
460 Northside Cherokee Boulevard, Suite 130
Canton, GA 30115
Located inside Cherokee Lung and Sleep Specialists - Canton