Lung Nodule

Surgery

Assumptions

Student has reviewed lung anatomy and normal physiology. Student is familiar with TNM classification of lung neoplasms.

Knowledge Objectives

Through their reading and patient care experiences, at the end of the rotation students should be able to:

Create an algorithm for the evaluation of a patient with a lung nodule on chest x-ray.
Discuss the common risk factors and clinical symptoms of lung cancer.
Describe the role of surgery in lung cancer
Describe pulmonary function tests and values that are predictive of severe risk of pulmonary complications following thoracic surgery.
Identify conditions that preclude curative surgical resection for lung cancer.
List the most common sources of malignant metastases to the lungs.
Compare and contrast the management and prognosis of metastatic vs. primary lung malignancies.
Describe the most common diagnostic procedures used to evaluate pulmonary and mediastinal lesions.
List the common tumors of the anterior, posterior and superior mediastinum.
List the common chest wall tumors.
Describe the role of screening & mechanisms of disease transmission for tuberculosis.