Where are chest wall tumors located?
Chest wall tumors can develop in the bones, soft tissues and cartilage of the chest cavity, which contains the heart, lungs and other organs. These tumors typically involve invasion or have metastasized from adjacent thoracic tumors, and are malignant in more than half of cases.
How do you know if you have a tumor in your chest?
Symptoms of a Chest Wall Tumor
Pain or soreness in the chest area. Swelling. Impaired movement. A lump or bump protruding from the chest.
Are chest wall tumors hard or soft?
They can be occasionally multiple and are generally soft painless and movable to the touch. They usually occur just under the skin, but occasionally may be deeper. Most are less than 5 cm in size. They can occur on the chest and upper back.
What can a mass in the chest be?
Chest wall tumors, whether malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous), are classified as primary or secondary (metastatic). The most common benign tumors are osteochondromas and chrondromas. The most common malignant chest wall tumors are sarcomas. Primary tumors originate in the bone or muscle of the chest wall.
What does a lump in the chest feel like?
Depending on the cause, chest lumps may be single or multiple, soft or firm, painful or painless. They may grow rapidly or may not change in size. Chest lumps due to local infectious causes may appear as boils, or abscesses.
What does a cyst in the chest feel like?
Cysts can feel either soft or hard but are usually large and smooth on the outside. In breasts, cysts can feel similar to hard lumps due to the surrounding tissue covering them. If a cyst is benign and not painful, a doctor might not perform any medical procedure to resolve them.
Does a cancerous lump hurt?
Cancer lumps usually don’t hurt. If you have one that doesn’t go away or grows, see your doctor. Night sweats. In middle-aged women, it can be a symptom of menopause, but it’s also a symptom of cancer or an infection.
Do benign tumors need to be removed?
In many cases, benign tumors need no treatment. Doctors may simply use “watchful waiting” to make sure they cause no problems. But treatment may be needed if symptoms are a problem. Surgery is a common type of treatment for benign tumors.