Symptoms and Signs of Lung Cancer

 

Symptoms of lung cancer are varied depending upon where and how widespread the tumor is. Warning signs of lung cancer are not always present or easy to identify. A person with lung cancer may have the following kinds of symptoms:



  • No symptoms: In up to 25% of people who get lung cancer, the cancer is first discovered on a routine chest X-ray orCT scan
  • Symptoms related to the cancer: The growth of the cancer and invasion of lung tissues and surrounding tissue may interfere with breathing, leading to symptoms such as
    • Cough,
    • Shortness of breath,
    • Wheezing,
    • Chest pain, and
    • Coughing up blood (hemoptysis).
    • Shoulder pain that travels down the outside of the arm
    • Hoarseness.
    • Recurrent Chest Infections
  • Symptoms related to metastasis: Lung cancer that has spread to the bones may produce excruciating pain at the sites of bone involvement. Cancer that has spread to the brain may cause a number of neurologic symptoms that may include blurred vision, headaches, seizures, or symptoms of stroke such as weakness or loss of sensation in parts of the body.
  • Paraneoplastic symptoms: Lung cancers frequently are accompanied by symptoms that result from production by the tumour cells of chemicals in the body which are hormone-like substances. These paraneoplastic syndromes occur most commonly with SCLC but may be seen with any tumor type.
  • Nonspecific symptoms: Nonspecific symptoms seen with many cancers, including lung cancers, include weight loss, weakness, andfatigue. Psychological symptoms such as depression and mood changes are also common.


When should one consult a doctor?

One should consult a health-care provider if he or she develops the symptoms associated with lung cancer, in particular, if they have

  • a new persistent cough or worsening of an existing chronic cough
  • blood in the sputum,
  • persistent bronchitis or repeated respiratory infections
  • chest pain,
  • unexplained weight loss and/or fatigue,
  • breathing difficulties such as shortness of breath or wheezing.

 

 

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