When is surgery a treatment option for Pancoast tumors?
People with Pancoast tumors that are directly invading the covering of the lung and chest wall should generally undergo surgery, if:
Your outlook then depends on the status of the lymph nodes. Occasionally, people with severe pain who have tumors that can't be removed may be considered for palliative surgery to reduce pain.
- The cancer has not spread to distant parts of your body.
- Your heart and lungs are healthy enough to allow surgery.
- There is no evidence of extensive enlargement of the lymph nodes.
From: Pancoast Tumors WebMD Medical Reference
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