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Navigating with purpose: The patient’s journey through incidental pulmonary nodule findings


Incidental findings are abnormalities uncovered unintentionally and often unrelated to the condition that prompted an exam. Pulmonary nodules are abnormal growths that form in a lung. They can be identified on imaging scans, such as X-ray and computed tomography (CT) scans.

Most pulmonary nodules are benign, but some can indicate the presence of lung cancer. Incidental pulmonary nodule (IPN) findings may allow more patients with lung cancer to be diagnosed at earlier stages. Detecting lung cancer at an early stage may help improve prognosis. But there are many barriers in the way of patients receiving the care they need. We’ve outlined the top needs and challenges along the IPN patient journey here.

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This report is sponsored by AstraZeneca, in partnership with The Lung Ambition Alliance. Advisory Board experts wrote the report, conducting the underlying research independently and objectively. AstraZeneca had the opportunity to review the report.


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The Lung Ambition Alliance, a global coalition with partners across disciplines in over 50 countries, was formed to combat lung cancer through accelerating innovation and driving forward meaningful improvements for people with lung cancer. We do this by advocating for improved approaches in three areas: screening and early diagnosis, accelerated delivery of innovative medicine, and improved quality care.

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