Understanding lung nodules

Lung nodules are abnormal spots that are often seen on a chest X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan or lung cancer screening scan. Nodules are also called lesions, coin lesions, growths or solitary pulmonary nodules. Lung nodules are quite common and, when found, often need follow-up care.

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital uses state-of-the-art imaging technology and has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer and the American College of Radiology.

You may benefit from a lung cancer screening program if you:

  • Currently smoke or have a history of smoking
  • Have previously been diagnosed with a lung nodule
  • Are at high risk for lung cancer (including family history and smoking history)
  • Are at risk of environmental and/or occupational exposure

A comprehensive, team-based approach

A lung cancer screening scan showing early lung cancer.

Our comprehensive team approach allows us to more quickly deliver a diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Patients who need further evaluation have access to the latest diagnostic testing, treatments and medications, as well as opportunities to participate in Northwestern Medicine clinical trials.

Our comprehensive team includes board-certified physicians and care providers.

  • Thoracic surgeons
  • Thoracic oncologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Nurse navigators
  • Smoking cessation experts

Meet the Northern Suburbs Multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Program Team

Our specialists participate in the Northwestern Medicine Multidisciplinary Tumor Board. That means you will have a team of leading specialists from across Northwestern Medicine working together to guide treatment decisions

To learn more or to make an appointment for lung cancer screening, please call 847.535.7442. To schedule an appointment with a provider, please call 847.535.6741.