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Soft Tissue Chest Tumor
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A 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.
You may need any of the following:
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your how to take this medicine safely.
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
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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