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Pancoast Tumor


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Comment from: Shelly's Scott ., 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 05

After we found out the patient, 52 had a Pancoast tumor, the doctor said she had had it for a long time. It is entwined and metastasized into 4 vertebrae, neck, shoulder and possibly some ribs. Now she is on chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy. The doctor said they bought her some time, we are not sure what's next. We figured the pain started 4.5 years ago. And the pains are slowly coming back.

Comment from: Charlie, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 17

His pancoast tumor of the lung was diagnosed in 1983. He had severe pain in shoulder and down his arm. He also had cough with whiter frothy sputum and a smell from his lungs that made him sick. He died 4 months after being diagnosed. He also had Horner's syndrome.

Comment from: Ragmom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

Today I was diagnosed Pancoast Tumor. I have left shoulder blade cramps with pain deep under my shoulder blade. I had never had these types of symptoms with my neck though. I read that in some cases, people show up for ortho or neuro consult and find out. In an MRI for my neck, the tumor showed. A CT with contrast today verified what was picked up in the MRI. I now wait for getting a biopsy....

Comment from: Judy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I received thoracic surgery for my pan coast tumor, followed by radiation in 2001 and still have Horner's Syndrome symptoms. I have been able to enjoy a very good quality life and returning to most of my activities a few months after the treatment in 2001.

Comment from: Diana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

My symptoms were pain in the shoulder blade that shot straight through to my chest. I had pain running down the inside of my arm and numbness in the arm and hand. I was diagnosed in 2003, and was stage 4 inoperable. I underwent chemo and radiation and the last month I had radiation twice a day. I am in my 7th year and my symptoms are returning the same way they started.


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