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Tumors of the Chest Wall

Chest wall tumors can be benign (non-cancerous), or malignant (cancerous). Many malignant chest wall tumors are called sarcomas, cancerous cells that arise from your bone, muscle or other soft tissues.

Depending on the size of your tumor, your MedStar Health thoracic surgeon may recommend a biopsy or removing the tumor in one surgery. Your thoracic surgeon will recommend a minimally invasive approach when possible.

Treatment for Chest Wall Tumors

If you do have a chest wall tumor, you want to see a thoracic surgeon who has experience working with an entire team to assess, treat and remove these tumors. Our thoracic surgeons perform minimally invasive surgeries as much as possible, to avoid pain, prolonged recovery and complications.

Minimally invasive surgeries use smaller incisions, carry less risk of infection and reduce pain as well as the amount of time spent recovering.

Symptoms of Chest Wall Tumors

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bumps or abnormal growth on the chest area
  • Chest Wall Tumors Surgery

Your thoracic surgeon will make a determination on how to remove your tumor based on different criteria, including:

  • Where the tumor is growing
  • If it is malignant or benign
  • How big the tumor is
  • Other criteria determined by the biopsy

Thoracic cancer services are available at the following locations:


MedStar Health Cancer Network 877-715-HOPE

Washington, D.C. and Maryland

MedStar Georgetown Cancer Network 888-666-3432
MedStar National Rehabilitation Network 202-877-1152

In the Community

MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (home care) 800-862-2166
Serving Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region.