Benign lung tumours are usually small, and most patients are asymptomatic. Often these tumours are not cancerous, even if the cells’ growth is considered abnormal. When a pathologist diagnoses a lesion as unlikely to have malignant cells, the tumour has a low chance of spreading to different body parts. However, it can still invade the surrounding tissue.
Benign tumours can either remain stable in size or enlarge slowly and push on surrounding tissues. Despite the low chances of benign tumours being cancerous (<5%), it is still important to see a thoracic surgeon to differentiate between benign and malignant tumours as early as possible.
Most benign tumours are incidentally discovered on a chest x-ray when you are evaluated for respiratory or other conditions. Most patients are unaware that lung screenings should be a part of their ongoing medical check-ups, especially in higher-risk populations.
We typically think of lung cancer as a disease of smokers, but it also afflicts people who have never smoked. In Singapore, lung cancer is the third most common form of cancer for men and women.
At Neumark, we provide a comprehensive Lung Screening Programme with a range of diagnostic and functional tests to detect benign and cancerous tumours. At the core of our lung screening is a 10-minute low-dose (CT) scan.
Most benign lung tumours do not require surgical intervention. However, tumours can progress through several changes to become cancerous. These pre-cancerous changes can be seen in benign cases, prompting resection to confirm the diagnosis to prevent the possibility of the tumour transitioning into a cancerous state or to alleviate symptoms.
If the benign lung tumour appears suspicious or is large in size, our thoracic surgeon may recommend minimally-invasive surgical resection through:
At Neumark Lung & Chest Surgical Centre, our leading team is equipped with the latest techniques for detecting, testing, removing abnormal lung growths and managing other lung diseases and chest conditions.
Patients who seek treatment at Neumark have access to the expertise of Dr Harish Mithiran, director and senior consultant thoracic surgeon at Gleneagles Hospital. Our patients benefit from personalised care coordination and groundbreaking minimally-invasive treatment modalities to improve outcomes.
Common symptoms of benign lung tumours include a persistent cough, chest pain and shortness of breath. Other symptoms can include fatigue, weight loss and hoarseness. However, in many cases, patients are often asymptomatic.
Pulmonary hamartomas are one of the most common benign lung nodules. They are typically slow-growing and non-cancerous and may be either parenchymal or endobronchial. Parenchymal hamartomas are located in the organ tissue of the lung, while endobronchial hamartomas are located within the bronchial tubes. Although these tumours are usually non-cancerous, they can sometimes cause other complications and require intervention.
Rare types of benign tumours include:
While abnormal large nodes or masses in the lung can be a sign of cancer cells, they can also be caused by other conditions such as infections, inflammation or benign pulmonary nodules. It is vital to have any abnormal growths in the lung evaluated by a thoracic specialist to diagnose the condition properly. Read more about lung nodule treatments.
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Neumark Lung and Chest Surgery Centre benefits from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team led by Dr Harish Mithiran, senior consulting thoracic surgeon at Gleneagles Hospital.
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