Symptoms of Lung Cancer
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Symptoms result from damage to the lung or other structures that are near the lung in the mediastinum or surrounding tissues. They include:
- Persistent and worsening cough
- Hoarseness or any change in voice quality
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent ]]>pneumonia]]> or ]]>bronchitis]]>
- Chest pain
Symptoms that may affect your whole body include:
- Swelling of the neck and face
- Appetite loss
- Weight loss
- New back or bone pain
- New inability to control the bladder or bowel
- ]]>Seizure activity]]> , specific weakness, or numbness
- Unexplained clotting problems resulting in ]]>heart attack]]> or ]]>stroke]]>
These symptoms may also be caused by other, less serious health conditions. If you are experiencing these symptoms, see your doctor.
Rarely, ]]>lung cancer]]> may cause apparently unrelated systemic problems. These problems may include:
- Abnormal clotting
- Clubbing of the fingers
- Increase in blood calcium or decrease in blood sodium
- Increase in bone density at the ends of the wrist (hypertophic osteopathy)
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Lung cancer. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lungusa.org/site/c.dvLUK9O0E/b.22542/k.CA6A/Home.htm . Accessed October 7, 2008.
Lung cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/lung . Accessed October 7, 2008.
Last reviewed June 2008 by ]]>Igor Puzanov, MD]]>
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