If you were recently diagnosed with a Pancoast tumor, you probably have a lot of questions. The shock and stress that you may be feeling are very common among those who are facing a new cancer diagnosis. Now is the time to take charge of your situation and understand all of your options. But, where can you turn for help?
The multispecialty team in the Thoracic Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center understands what you’re going through. We are available to you at every step of the way. And, you don’t need a referral to consult with our oncologists. For even more peace of mind, you’ll be able to work with medical professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating Pancoast tumors.
Steps to take after receiving a Pancoast tumor diagnosis
At Moffitt, we encourage our patients to seek reliable information to help them get organized, feel more in control, know what questions to ask and connect with others who have been through, or are currently going through, Pancoast tumor treatment. Toward that end, here are six things that you should do right away:
- Collect information about nearby treatment centers and meet with Pancoast tumor specialists
- Request a second opinion
- Make your final selections to round out your health care team
- Prepare a running list of questions to ask your physicians
- Explore all of your treatment options, including the current standard of care, emerging therapies and clinical trials
- Find out about the supportive care services that are available to you
Because Pancoast tumors are relatively uncommon, most physicians see few, if any, cases over the course of their careers. On the other hand, Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center that treats many patients with this diagnosis every year. We can develop an individualized treatment plan that will meet your unique needs and goals, and also deliver your Pancoast tumor treatment with an unparalleled level of expertise. These are just some of the ways in which we can help you achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life.