Lung cancer diagnosis and staging
Our pulmonologists provide exceptional skill and care in diagnosing and measuring the severity, or stage, of lung cancer. We use the latest techniques to biopsy pulmonary nodules (growths smaller than 3 centimeters in diameter), lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes) and pulmonary infiltrates and masses.
What you should know about lung cancer diagnosis and staging
- Pulmonary nodules are small round or oval-shaped growths appearing in the lungs. These nodules are sometimes referred to as a spot on the lung or a coin lesion. A nodule larger than 3 centimeters is called a pulmonary mass. Nodules usually occur due to infection or disease.
- Lymphadenopathy is a condition commonly described as swollen glands. It is typically caused by a bacterial or viral infection, although it can also be a sign of cancer.
- Pulmonary infiltrates and masses occur when the air sacs in the lungs fill with pus, blood cells, cancer cells or proteins. These substances are called infiltrates and can cause severe inflammation.
Why choose Geisinger for your lung cancer diagnosis and staging?
- Our goal is to diagnose lung cancer at the earliest possible stage when it can be treated most effectively.
Treats these conditions
At Geisinger, we use the latest techniques to biopsy the following conditions:
- Pulmonary nodules
- Pulmonary infiltrates and masses
- Lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes)