Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

A man with a glowing heart beneath his bare chest
Sherman Hemsley
 recently died from a lung cancer complication called superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS).

But what is it?

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According to the National Cancer Institute, superior vena cava syndrome is a group of symptoms that occur when the superior vena cava, a major vein that leads to the heart, is partly blocked.

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