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Metastatic pleural tumor

  • Alternative Names

    Tumor - metastatic pleural


    Treatment

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

    Your health care provider may recommend a procedure called thoracentesis if you have a lot of fluid collecting around your lungs and you have shortness of breath or low blood oxygen levels. This procedure removes the fluid and allows the lung to expand more, making it easier to breathe.

    To prevent the fluid from collecting again, medication may be placed directly into your chest space through a tube, called a catheter. Or, your surgeon may spray a medication or talc on the lung surface during the procedure to remove the fluid surrounding your lungs.


    Support Groups

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

    See:

    • Cancer - support group
    • Lung disease - support group

    Expectations (prognosis)

    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.


    Complications
    • Side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy
    • Continued spread of cancer