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My sister says she has pancoast syndrome. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: No

Pancoast syndrome is caused by the pressure of a tumor high up in the top of the lung on the nerves (brachial plexus).
This is usually from a lung cancer. Family members may not have the same risk factors that caused the lung cancer and if they do it may develop elsewhere and not in the same location. Most lung cancers are associated with smoking. If all family members smoke, they should stop.

In brief: No

Pancoast syndrome is caused by the pressure of a tumor high up in the top of the lung on the nerves (brachial plexus).
This is usually from a lung cancer. Family members may not have the same risk factors that caused the lung cancer and if they do it may develop elsewhere and not in the same location. Most lung cancers are associated with smoking. If all family members smoke, they should stop.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
The syndrome is caused by destruction of the stellate ganglion that supplies sympathetic nerves (fight or flight auto- nomic/matic nervous system) the eye and sweat glands: thus the drooped eye lid, constricted piupil, and lack of sweat on the side of the tumor
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology

In brief: No

Pancoast syndrome is generally caused by a malignant tumor in the superior sulcus of the lung, this causes involvement of the brachial plexus and stellate ganglion.
The symptoms of pancoast syndrome are severe pain in the shoulder, wasting of the hand and arm muscles, horner syndrome and compression of blood vessels resulting in arm swelling. It is not familial.

In brief: No

Pancoast syndrome is generally caused by a malignant tumor in the superior sulcus of the lung, this causes involvement of the brachial plexus and stellate ganglion.
The symptoms of pancoast syndrome are severe pain in the shoulder, wasting of the hand and arm muscles, horner syndrome and compression of blood vessels resulting in arm swelling. It is not familial.
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
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