Expertise in Caring for Mediastinal Tumors

Mediastinal tumors originate in the chest area that separates the lungs, which is known as the mediastinum. The mediastinum includes the heart, aorta, thymus, esophagus, and trachea.

Generally, these tumors are rare and often diagnosed in patients ranging from 30 to 50 years old though they can develop at any age. In children, tumors are commonly found in the posterior mediastinum and are benign; in adults, they are usually in the anterior mediastinum and malignant lymphomas or thymomas. When not treated, these tumors can cause serious complications such as spinal cord compression and heart invasion.

There are several types of mediastinal tumors including germ cell neoplasms, lymphoma, bronchogenic cysts, pericardial cysts, tracheal tumors, extramedullary haematopoiesis, and neuroenteric cyst mediastinal just to name a few.

While a large percentage of people do not experience symptoms and detect their tumors on chest x-rays done for other reasons, a few symptoms that exist include the following:

  • Cough or chest pain
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Fever, chills and night sweats
  • Coughing up blood
  • Hoarseness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Lymphadenopathy (swollen or tender lymph nodes)

As a premier New Jersey cancer hospital network, we offer the breadth of expertise and an innovative, comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating mediastinal tumors with the latest technology. Our oncologists work together to properly evaluate each patient on a case-by-case basis. This lets us partner with you to devise the best care plan and outcome possible.

To contact one of New Jersey’s best lung and thoracic cancer specialists call
844-CANCERNJ or 844-226-2376.

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