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Soft Tissue Chest Tumor

AMBULATORY CARE:

A soft tissue chest tumor (STCT)

is a mass in the soft tissue of your chest. Muscles, tendons, fat, nerves, blood vessels, and lymph vessels make up the soft tissue in your chest. There are many types of STCTs. The tumor may be cancerous or benign (noncancerous). You may not have symptoms or you may feel a hard lump in your chest. If the tumor is large or pushing on nerves, you may have chest pain or trouble breathing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have trouble breathing.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have new symptoms.
  • Your pain gets worse.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment for a STCT

depends on whether or not your tumor is cancerous. Medicine may be prescribed to decrease your pain. Surgery may be needed to remove the tumor. If your tumor is cancerous, you may also need the following:

  • Chemotherapy may be given to shrink or kill cancer cells.
  • Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-ray beams to kill cancer cells.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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