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Lung Nodules: Can They Be Cancerous?
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Sajive Aleyas, MD

  • Pulmonologist
  • Director of Interventional and Advanced Diagnostic Bronchoscopy
  • Director of the Respiratory Center Lung Cancer Program
  • Department of Pulmonary Medicine

Lung nodules, or small growths in the lung, are quite common and can be detected on an imaging test. As lung nodules often produce no symptoms, they are often first discovered as a spot appearing on the lung on a chest X-ray or CT scan. Depending on the size, some larger nodules can be cancerous and require treatment. Older individuals with a history of smoking are at higher risk of developing malignant lung nodules.

Smaller lung nodules are most often benign and can result from inflammation in the lung following an infection or disease producing inflammation in the body. They can also be the product of scar tissue formation related to prior inflammation. If the nodule is from a lung cancer, the person may develop a new cough or cough up blood. Though most lung nodules are not malignant, it is very important that those representing cancer are identified early in their course, when they are curable.

The Department of Pulmonary Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Florida specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with illnesses that affect the lungs and breathing. We offer a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic services for lung cancer and other diseases of the lung. Our physicians utilize electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy, narrow-band imaging bronchoscopy and peripheral (radial probe) and mediastinal (convex linear) endobronchial ultrasound to detect lesions, perform biopsies and aspirate lymph nodes. With onsite pathology, a high proportion of our patients know their diagnosis immediately after their procedure.

Dr. Sajive Aleyas is a Pulmonologist in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Florida. He is also the Director of Interventional and Advanced Diagnostic Bronchoscopy and the Director of the Respiratory Center Lung Cancer Program. Dr. Aleyas received his medical degree from the University of Debrecen Medical and Health Science Center in Hungary. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. Following residency, Dr. Aleyas went on to complete a Fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed by a Fellowship in Interventional Pulmonary Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

To make an appointment with any of the specialists in the Pulmonary Medicine Department at Cleveland Clinic Florida, please call 877.463.2010. You can also visit us online at www.clevelandclinicflorida.org.

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