Pancoast Tumor (cont.)
Shabir Bhimji, MD
Sarah K May, MD
Winston W Tan, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Shreekanth V Karwande, MBBS
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Primary radiotherapyRadiation therapy is used as the sole treatment only for persons with tumors that cannot be removed or for persons who are not fit for surgery. Radiation therapy provides excellent pain relief, but the patient will not survive if the primary tumor is not controlled.
The most common site of recurrence after removal is the central nervous system, especially if the primary tumor is an adenocarcinoma (a cancerous tumor that originates in a type of tissue called the glandular epithelium) or large-cell cancer. In these situations, radiotherapy to the brain should be administered if the Pancoast tumor is under control to prevent the cancer from spreading to the brain.
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