When Should I See a Pancoast Tumor Specialist?
If you’ve been diagnosed with a Pancoast tumor, you may wish to consult with a specialist. Pancoast tumors are somewhat uncommon, but working with an oncologist who is familiar with your specific diagnosis can help you achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life.
If you have not been diagnosed with the condition but are experiencing the symptoms of a Pancoast tumor, visiting a specialist might be a good idea for the same reason. Pancoast tumors are sometimes misdiagnosed as other more common conditions. A specialist, however, can use his or her experience to assess your symptoms and make tailored recommendations for diagnostic testing.
Signs that you should consult with a specialist
In most cases, it’s best to see a specialist as promptly as possible. The sooner you have a diagnosis, the sooner you can get started with treatment. And, because people who have early-stage cancer often have the widest range of treatment options, moving quickly is advantageous.
Generally speaking, you should make an appointment with a Pancoast tumor specialist if:
- You have been diagnosed with a Pancoast tumor
- Your physician suspects that you might have a Pancoast tumor and has requested additional testing to confirm or rule out the diagnosis
- You’ve been experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and other unusual symptoms that have not gone away on their own after several days
Moffitt Cancer Center has several oncologists who specialize in Pancoast tumor treatment
As a high-volume cancer center, Moffitt Cancer Center treats a wide range of cancers. Our oncologists treat Pancoast tumors at a relatively high rate and their extensive experience allows them to provide individualized, evidence-based treatment.
Additionally, patients at Moffitt Cancer Center don’t just consult with one specialist, but rather have opportunities to benefit from the expertise of a full, multispecialty team. We have surgical oncologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists all working together under one roof.