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Definition of Pancoast Tumor

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Updated January 26, 2014

Definition:

A pancoast tumor is a form of lung cancer that grows in the upper part of one of the lungs. Pancoast tumors are most often a type of non-small cell lung cancer.

Pancoast tumors often have symptoms referred to as "pancoast syndrome." These symptoms may include shoulder pain, pain and tingling along the inner aspect of the arm and hand, or flushing and sweating on one side of the face.

 

Also Known As: superior sulcus tumor, pulmonary sulcus tumor

Examples: Jeremy's doctor initially thought his symptoms of arm and hand pain were due to a neck problem, but after doing a CT scan, she discovered he had a pancoast tumor.

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