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How does non-small -cell lung cancer link to shoulder pain?

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About half the time, a type of cancer called non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) isn't diagnosed until it spreads beyond your lungs. When this happens, it's called metastatic or advanced cancer.

Metastatic NSCLC can damage bones, internal organs, and nerves. In rare cases, it can affect your muscles too. It's not typical, but strong shoulder pain may be one sign that this cancer has spread and damaged your muscles.

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

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