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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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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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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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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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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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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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What bloodwork would be used in diagnosing pancoast tumor? I am waiting to have CT scan due to apex lung nodule.

What bloodwork would be used in diagnosing pancoast tumor? I am waiting to have CT scan due to apex lung nodule.

Usually none: A pancoast tumor (name of radiologist who described it), is a tumor involving a specific site in the lung, but it does not give the specific type. Usually they are adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, but you need a biopsy to prove this. Do you smoke? You are young for a lung cancer, even though you have thallasemia. Do not worry until a biopsy and ct have been performed. ...Read more

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Up back pain one year. Been present on right side all this time now its on left today. Had MRI spine ok. Ct of chest 7 months ago ok. Pancoast tumor?

Up back pain one year. Been present on right side all this time now its on left today. Had MRI spine ok. Ct of chest 7 months ago ok. Pancoast tumor?

Normal: Normal means normal ct sensitive test for pancoast tumor consider it ruled out large symptomatic pancoast tumors dont appear in seven months or switch sides migratory back pain is most consitant with myofascial pain benign condition anciety? ...Read more

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Pain in the shoulder, arm, and scapula as well as pain in the back while bendng the neck forward. ~3 minutes of chest CT scan, normal 2 months ago; smoker; worried about pancoast tumor. Is a repeat chest CT scan necessary?

Pain in the shoulder, arm, and scapula as well as pain in the back while bendng the neck forward. ~3 minutes of chest CT scan, normal 2 months ago; smoker; worried about pancoast tumor. Is a repeat chest CT scan necessary?

You need a good Doct: A good doctor should be able to investigate your problems with the relevant tests. You are thinking about rare cancers. If you were a heavy smoker and over 50, then you might think about pancoast tumor but it is unlikely in your case. The pain can come from chest, bones or spinal canal/spinal cord. A good physical exam and closer look at all structures in the area of the pain should help.Diagnosis. ...Read more

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