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Are lung nodules operable?

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Whether or not a lung nodule is operable depends on the patient's individual circumstances, but doctors often successfully treat cancerous lung nodules with surgery alone, or with a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, according to Mount Sinai Health System. Surgeons may use minimally invasive robotic and thoracoscopic techniques.

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Doctors do not recommend surgery for all lung nodules, explains Mount Sinai Health System. For instance, in many cases in which the causes of lung nodules are benign or indeterminate, the doctors simply monitor them closely for changes. If the size or appearance of the nodule changes, the doctor then considers surgery. For cases in which infection causes lung nodules, doctors manage the condition with antibiotics instead of surgery.

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