The UPMC Pinnacle Pulmonary Nodule Clinic part is the only multidisciplinary group in the Central Pennsylvania region designed to comprehensively manage pulmonary nodules.
The clinic provides rapid evaluation and treatment of pulmonary nodules by UPMC's Comprehensive Lung Center team of skilled specialists, including thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, interventional radiologists and a nurse practitioner. This team works together to:
A nurse practitioner facilitates each plan and helps each patient understand and manage his or her care process. If cancer is diagnosed, the patient is promptly evaluated by the UPMC Pinnacle Thoracic Oncology Team. To ensure coordinated and compassionate care, the patient and family meet with a nurse navigator from the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. The nurse navigator will assist the patient in understanding the disease and treatment process, arrange supportive services, and guide them through the course of treatment.
A pulmonary nodule is any “spot” in the lung that is less than three centimeters in diameter. 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 benign and come from scar tissue or an old infections, some are early signs of lung cancer and require prompt evaluation.
Treatment plans for pulmonary nodules commonly include “watchful waiting” with periodic appointments to check for changes in shape or size. You may also need a biopsy or surgery to determine if the nodule is cancerous. In any case, our multidisciplinary team employs the most advanced, minimally invasive technologies available to diagnosis and treat pulmonary nodules, including:
UPMC Pinnacle Pulmonary Nodule Clinic
Located at Medical Office Building 2
2005 Technology Parkway
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute
233 College Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
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