Lung Cancer

Symptoms

Although most lung cancers do not cause symptoms until they have spread, you should report any of the following lung cancer symptoms to your doctor right away. Although these possible symptoms of lung cancer may be caused by something other than cancer, if lung cancer is detected, prompt treatment could extend your life and relieve symptoms. These symptoms may be caused by lung cancer or by other conditions. It is important to check with a doctor.

Common signs and symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • A cough that doesn't go away and gets worse over time
  • Constant chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness
  • Repeated problems with pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Swelling of the neck and face
  • Loss of appetite or weight loss
  • Fatigue

When lung cancer spreads to distant organs, it may cause the following symptoms of lung cancer:

  • Bone pain
  • Weakness or numbness of the arms or legs
  • Dizziness
  • Yellow coloring of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Masses near the surface of the body, caused by cancer spreading to the skin or to lymph nodes in the neck or above the collarbone

Less often, there are some other clusters of symptoms (called syndromes) that can point to a possible lung cancer.

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