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Metastatic Pleural Tumor

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What is the definition of Metastatic Pleural Tumor?

Metastatic pleural tumor is a type of cancer that has spread from another organ to the thin membrane (pleura) surrounding the lungs.

What are the alternative names for Metastatic Pleural Tumor?

Tumor - metastatic pleural

What are the causes for Metastatic Pleural Tumor?

The blood and lymph systems can carry cancer cells to other organs in the body. There, they can produce new growths or tumors.

Almost any type of cancer can spread to the lungs and involve the pleura.

What are the symptoms for Metastatic Pleural Tumor?

Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Chest pain, especially when taking a deep breath
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
  • General discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling (malaise)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite

What are the current treatments for Metastatic Pleural Tumor?

Pleural tumors usually can't be removed with surgery. The original (primary) cancer should be treated. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be used, depending on the type of primary cancer.

Your provider may recommend thoracentesis if you have a lot of fluid collecting around your lungs and you have shortness of breath or low blood oxygen levels. After the fluid is removed, your lung will be able to expand more. This allows you to breathe easier.

To prevent the fluid from collecting again, medicine may be placed directly into your chest space through a tube, called a catheter. Or, your surgeon may spray a medicine or talc on the lung surface during the procedure. This helps seal the space around your lungs to prevent the fluid from returning.

What are the support groups for Metastatic Pleural Tumor?

You can ease the stress of illness by joining a support group where members share common experiences and problems.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Metastatic Pleural Tumor?

The 5-year survival rate (number of people who live for more than 5 years after diagnosis) is less than 25% for people with pleural tumors that have spread from other parts of the body.

What are the possible complications for Metastatic Pleural Tumor?

Health problems that may result include:

  • Side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Continued spread of the cancer

How do I prevent Metastatic Pleural Tumor?

Early detection and treatment of primary cancers may prevent metastatic pleural tumors in some people.

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REFERENCES

Arenberg DA, Pickens A. Metastatic malignant tumors. In: Broaddus VC, Mason RJ, Ernst JD, et al, eds. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 55.

Broaddus VC, Robinson BWS. Pleural tumors. In: Broaddus VC, Mason RJ, Ernst JD, et al, eds. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 82.

Putnam JB. Lung, chest wall, pleura, and mediastinum. In: Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 57.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trial
Other
  • Status: Not yet recruiting
  • Study Type: Other
  • Participants: 30
  • Start Date: February 2020
Quantitative Diaphragmatic Ultrasound Evaluation in Pleural Effusions
Clinical Trial
Procedure
  • Status: Recruiting
  • Study Type: Procedure
  • Participants: 200
  • Start Date: September 16, 2019
Prospective Biospecimen Repository in Metastatic Breast Cancer