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What are some symptoms of chest tumors?

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The symptoms of malignant chest wall tumors are pain or soreness, swelling, impaired movement or chest expansion, and protrusion of a lump. The symptoms of benign chest wall tumors are protrusion of a lump, pain and muscle atrophy, states the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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Benign tumors are fairly common and usually do not present much of a problem. While most benign chest wall tumors do not show any symptoms, it is possible the tumor can grow large enough and press against a lung and cause improper breathing, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Malignant chest wall tumors account for less than 5 percent of all thoracic malignancies. Both malignant and benign chest wall tumors are capable of growing large enough that a protrusion is visible. Pain or pressure in the chest is usually the first symptom and is often what leads to a chest wall tumor diagnosis, explains the University of Rochester Medical Center.

There are various treatment options available for malignant chest wall tumors such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgical removal. Benign tumors large enough to interfere with proper organ function, hinder movement or cause muscle atrophy require surgical removal. Both prosthesis reconstruction and soft tissue replacement are common follow-up procedures after the surgical removal of a chest wall tumor, states the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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