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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Pancoast tumor metastisis survival rate?

Pancoast tumor metastisis survival rate?

Pancoast tumor: Occurs at the top of the lung and invades out and up to involve muscles, nerves, and thereby causing pain and horner's syndrome. Metastasis usually means going to another organ. If confined to chest and outward extension (?Metastasis), outlook is more optimistic. If it metastasized to brain, lung, liver or distant bones, the outlook is bleak, seek symptom management, there is no cure. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Is shoulder / arm pain from a pancoast tumor always severe?

Is shoulder / arm pain from a pancoast tumor always severe?

Pancoast was a: Radiologist that noted tumor at the top of the lung burst upward, involve sympathetic nerve plexus, and the nerve roots before, as and after they enter the brachial plexus. The tumors tend to be insidious, so the arm pain may be gradual. These tumors can be difficult to diagnose because the shoulder arm pain make people think orthopedic rather than oncologic. Pancoast was wrong. These can be cured. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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Can symptoms of pancoast tumor spread to the feet and the other arm?

Can symptoms of pancoast tumor spread to the feet and the other arm?

It is a type of canc: This cancer can definitely spread, typically into other distant organs, not likely to go to the arms or legs but more to lungs, liver, brain or bones. Your oncologist can help clarify it for you while you are being treated. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Will chemo help pancoast tumor shoulder arm pain?

Will chemo help pancoast tumor shoulder arm pain?

Pancoast: It depends. If pressure is lessened on the surrounding tissues, nerves, vessels, then arm pain could lessen. ...Read more

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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
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If one had symptoms of pancoast tumor. Would it have shown up on a chest xray.

If one had symptoms of pancoast tumor. Would it have shown up on a chest xray.

Pancoast tumor: It is a function of size. Small apical or pancoast tumors can be missed on x-rays but once their size becomes large, then a chest x-ray should be able to detect them. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Shapiro
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Is pancoast tumor rare in someone in their 30s with clean chest xray? I sometimes get discomfort in right collarbone

Is pancoast tumor rare in someone in their 30s with clean chest xray? I sometimes get discomfort in right collarbone

You don't have it: pancoast rumors virtually always have a positive CT scan; they are associated with a set of findings including pain in the shoulder, weakness and atrophy of hand muscles, and Horner's syndrome which is small pupil and eyelid drooping, appearance of smaller eye and lack of sweating, all on the side of the tumor. You need to look for another cause of your discomfort ...Read more

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Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
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Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
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Suffering extreme fatigue and loss of appetite following first chemo treatment for metastatic pancoast tumor. Any guess how long this will last?

Suffering extreme fatigue and loss of appetite following first chemo treatment for metastatic pancoast tumor. Any guess how long this will last?

Few weeks to few Ms: As side effects for chemotherapy medications you will be having them . Also whether you are responding to the treatment or not , the symptoms persisting after will give an indication. Well responding tumours after minimum of 4-6 wks of therapy should be showing some improvement of appetite , less fatigue etc. Your oncolo. & pcp will be following you in this regard in addition to you watching wt. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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By any chance can a neck ct scan pick up a pancoast tumor?

By any chance can a neck ct scan pick up a pancoast tumor?

Possibly.: The tops of the lungs might have been included on the scan, in which case a pancoast tumor could be visualized. ...Read more

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