PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How are cancers that can cause shoulder pain diagnosed?

ANSWER

Breathing in asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma, so if you've been exposed to asbestos at work recently or in the past, be sure to tell your doctor.

Your doctor may use imaging tests like MRIs, CT scans, or PET scans to show find a Pancoast tumor or signs of mesothelioma.

They may need to do a needle biopsy to analyze tissue from the tumor or lung fluid. This will let them know if it's cancer, and if so, to see how advanced it is.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems.”

Moffitt Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumor Treatment Information.”

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumors.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Symptoms of Lung Cancer.”

Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology : “Shoulder ring complaints as a rare first symptom of malignant pleural mesothelioma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Mesothelioma.”

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: “Mesothelioma.”

Ugeskrift for Laeger/Weekly Journal for Physicians : “Shoulder Pain as the First Sign of Disseminated Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on October 24, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems.”

Moffitt Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumor Treatment Information.”

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Pancoast Tumors.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Symptoms of Lung Cancer.”

Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology : “Shoulder ring complaints as a rare first symptom of malignant pleural mesothelioma.”

Mayo Clinic: “Mesothelioma.”

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: “Mesothelioma.”

Ugeskrift for Laeger/Weekly Journal for Physicians : “Shoulder Pain as the First Sign of Disseminated Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on October 24, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What is stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: