Pancoast Tumor

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 11:48

Good afternoon!

     I am a 43 year old female smoker (26 years), my dad passed away 15 years ago from a glioblastoma brain tumor.  My mother has advanced alzheimer's, & is in remisssion from 3x negative breast cancer.  I was in an horrible car accident when I was 16, & broke everything from my neck, back, jaw, shoulders elbows, pelvis & my feet.  I have had many orthopedic surgeries over the years, my pain tolerance is extremely high.  The pain that gradually started up in my right shoulder 2 months ago (I have had 4 shoulder surgeries 2R & 2L)  is now radiating down into my forearm & fingers.  My right arm has become weak & extremely sore?  The tingling sensation/pins & needles is starting to go to the middle of my back up into the base of my neck.   I thought maybe it was the start of carpal tunnel?  I don't have any breathing/coughing issues, I run 4-5 miles a day.  This pain in my shoulder/arm is about to my max pain tolerance.  I also have had swollen lymph nodes in my neck for the last 3-4 weeks.   I had a recent scare the begining of March 2021, went for my annual woman exam, & they did 2 more 3D mammograms, ultra sound & finally an MRI, to rule out breast cancer (left side), I have to go back for another mammogram in September 2021.  I am relunctant/scared to go back to the doctor, with any new health issues. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

Thank you



JanineT GRACE …
Posts: 544
GRACE Community Outreach Team

Hi Shannon,


I'm so sorry to hear about the extensive problems you've endured.   I wish we could help but we are prepared to answer questions about a diagnosed cancer and not to diagnose.  Too, your history is much too complicated for an online forum.  I would have a primary care doctor or orthopedist help me through the process.  I hope you find a way to take care of the pain that doesn't involve a cancer diagnosis.  But if it is we are here to help answer any questions you have.


All the best,




I joined GRACE as a caregiver for my husband who had a Pancoast tumor, NSCLC stage III in 2009. He had curative chemo/rads then it was believed he had a recurrence in the spine/oligometastasis that was radiated. He's 10 years out from treatment.