NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - page 18

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Version 1.2014
Part 2: Lung nodules
Three options are suggested if there were no increases
in the size and density of the nodule. First, another LDCT
could be done. If cancer is present, the nodule will likely
be larger or denser in 6 to 12 months. Instead of waiting,
a biopsy to remove tissue samples could be done to
test for cancer. The biopsies used for lung cancer are
described in Part 3. The third option is surgery to remove
the whole nodule. If the LDCT shows that the nodule has
increased, the nodule is very likely cancer. Surgery to
remove the nodule is recommended.
Care after LDCT
LDCT in 6–12 months,
Biopsy, or
Consider surgery
No increase
LDCT results
Recommended care
Next steps
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: Lung Cancer Screening
if no lung cancer is found
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