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 is chest wall cancer diagnosed?
To diagnose your chest wall cancer, our specialists will carefully review your medical history and conduct a full physical examination. He or she will likely order additional tests, including: Bone density test Chest X-ray Computerized tomography (CT) scan Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) Incisional or excisional biopsy Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Positron emission tomography (PET) scan Our thoracic radiologists confine all their work to reading radiographic studies of the chest. They are highly skilled at recognizing chest wall cancers and patterns of spread. Our pathologists are internationally recognized as research leaders in the accurate diagnosis of rare sarcomas. The ability to provide a definitive diagnosis is invaluable to our multi-specialty treatment team.