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Rapid lung-nodule diagnoses

We know the stress and uncertainty that comes with news that an X-ray or CT scan has revealed an abnormal spot on your lung. One of the first things you’ll need to know is if the suspicious mass or nodule is cancerous or benign. Getting a fast, accurate diagnosis is essential to your peace of mind, and your future care, no matter the result. At CTCA, our team of cancer experts understands that time is of the essence and works quickly to provide a diagnosis—in as few as four days—and, if necessary, a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Our four-day diagnostic program

The lung experts at CTCA Chicago work together, even before you walk in the door, to get you the information you need to make important decisions about your care. Your multidisciplinary care team may include an interventional radiologist, a pulmonologist, a thoracic surgeon and a medical oncologist. These experts work under one roof, meeting together as a team and performing and analyzing all diagnostic tests on-site. Our model of care makes collaboration and communication more efficient, allowing us to condense a process that often takes weeks into just a few days.

From the moment you call, we expedite the scheduling process—from insurance verification to collecting your medical records—to get you in as quickly as possible. By the time you arrive at CTCA Chicago, our expert lung team has already reviewed your records. During your initial consultation, you will meet with an internist, who in conjunction with a thoracic surgeon and pulmonologist will determine which type of biopsy, if any, should be performed. More tests on the nodule will be conducted over the next day or two, and your results will be available by Day 3 or 4 of your visit.

At that time, your care team will provide you with a diagnosis and make recommendations on what to do next, based on whether the nodule is benign or malignant. If you learn you have cancer, a medical oncologist, a thoracic surgeon and, possibly, a radiation oncologist will recommend a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific case and your individual needs. You will also meet with your care team, which may include a registered dietitian, naturopathic provider, mind-body therapist and other supportive care providers. These clinicians help you manage side effects and maintain your strength during treatment.

The importance of early detection

Lung cancer is the second most common non-skin cancer among American men and women, after prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Patients have more treatment options when the disease is diagnosed in its early stages than when it has advanced to later stages. Our cancer experts designed this four-day diagnostic program, because they want their patients to get the comprehensive care they need more quickly.

Where we are located

 

 

CTCA Chicago

Four-Day Lung Nodule Diagnosis Program
2520 Elisha Ave.
Zion, IL 60099

 

New Patients:888-552-6760
Existing Patients:(847) 510-CTCA

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