A lung mass may represent a lung cancer.
Chest X-ray and CT scan.
Depending on its appearance on the chest X-ray and CT scan, your surgeon may recommend either biopsy or surgical resection.
Prolonged cough, breathlessness, chest discomfort and weight loss.
The extent of the surgery is determined by the size and location of the mass. A common procedure for lung cancer is to remove a lobe or segment of lung, a procedure known as lobectomy or segmentectomy. It is also standard operating procedure to take out the neighboring lymph nodes in the chest during the lung cancer operation in order to ascertain whether there is any spread of the cancer beyond the lung itself.