Worried I have a pancoast tumor


Hi, I'm worried I have a pancoast tumor thanks to Dr Google. I'm a 28 year old woman, I've smoked for around 7 years. I've had left side shoulder blade pain on and off for around 3 months. The pain doesn't get worse with movement, and is always in the same spot. The past few weeks I've also started having chest pain on the left side that comes and goes, so I seen a cardiologist. He ordered a stress test and a coranary ct, both tests were normal. But the shoulder blade pain has gotten quite a bit worse and more constant. I've also started getting a numbness/ tingling in the same spot that hurts on my shoulder blade. But that comes and goes. And I've had pain on the inside of my left arm, but that also comes and goes. Any advice would be appreciated! I have an appointment with my pcp but it's not until next week and I've been so worried about it :( 

JanineT GRACE …
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GRACE Community Outreach Team

Hi Amanda,


I'm sorry you're in pain and worried you have a pancoast tumor. Fortunately it's very unlikely a 28 year old would have one.  It's much more likely you have an orthopedic problem that can be remediated relatively easily.



I hope you're better soon. :)


Good luck

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.