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Lung Nodule Program

Early Detection Saves Lives

The mission of the Hendrick Health Lung Nodule Program is to provide comprehensive services and leading-edge technology for the prevention and treatment of lung nodules and cancer.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, and more Americans die from lung cancer than from any other form of cancer. With screening and early detection, treatment options improve and can save lives.

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung screenings are recommended for anyone 50 to 80 years old who have a history of smoking at least 20 packs a year, even if you have quit smoking.

The Lung Nodule Program includes screening through imaging to look for disease in a person with no symptoms as early as possible. A low-dose computerized tomography (LDCT) is used to detect abnormal signs or nodules that could be, or turn into cancer.

Annual scans are recommended for those who qualify, even if nodules are not found. LDCT scans can detect, even small changes in the lungs which are not always cancer. If a nodule is found, it will need to be monitored for growth or change. If the nodule is a certain size, a team of physicians along with your doctor, will decide the best way to treat the nodule.

Lung cancer screenings are recommended for anyone:

  • Ages 50 to 80 years old
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Tobacco history of at least 20 packs a year
  • Current tobacco user or has quit in the last 15 years
  • At the recommendation of your physician

To find out if you are eligible for a lung cancer screening, submit your information in the form below. Interested individuals can also talk with their primary care physicians or contact Hendrick Cancer Center directly at 325-670-6358.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allows annual screenings for lung cancer as an additional preventive service. Patients enrolled in our program will be followed annually as long as they are eligible. These screenings are now being paid for by most insurance companies, minus out-of-pocket costs. Self pay is also available.

Lung Nodule Program

The Hendrick Lung Nodule Program provides coordinated care for the monitoring of lung nodules. While most lung nodules are not cancer, they deserve expert evaluation and follow-up. Even if no nodules are found, yearly scans are suggested. Some nodules will need to be monitored over time to see if they grow or change. If the nodule is large in size, a team of physicians along with your doctor, will decide the best way to treat the nodule.

Hendrick Health is equipped with advanced technology to biopsy and diagnosis nodules.

The Lung Nodule Program is staffed with a nurse practitioner who works closely with multiple healthcare specialists including pulmonologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and medical oncologists.

Drs. Victor Reis, Preston Pate and Derek Moore with the ION technology by Intuitive

Lung Cancer Navigation

If a nodule is cancerous, a nurse practitioner is available to guide a patient through the journey. Your primary healthcare provider and the Lung Nodule Program physicians will work with you on individualized next steps.

Hendrick Health offers a wide range of treatment options, depending on the size and location of the cancer.

Smoking Cessation

Most lung cancer is attributed to tobacco use. The Lung Nodule Program and the Hendrick Cancer Center offer free tobacco cessation counseling. A Tobacco Treatment Specialist will meet with you and individualize a plan for assistance in quitting tobacco. For more information, call325-670-6358 or email

Hendrick Health Lung Nodule Program
1680 Antilley Road, Suite 380
Abilene, TX 79606

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