Symptoms of Lung Cancer

The symptoms of lung cancer may include a worsening cough or a cough that won't go away, trouble breathing, ongoing chest pain, and coughing up blood. Other symptoms of lung cancer include frequent lung infections, fatigue (tiredness), and weight loss without a known cause.

Symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath and chest pain due to pleural effusion.

Source: NHLBI (NIH)1

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Lung cancer causes a chronic cough, chest pain, shortness of breath and other symptoms.

Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)2

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Different people have different symptoms for lung cancer. Some people have symptoms related to the lungs. Some people whose lung cancer has spread to other parts of the body (metastasized) have symptoms specific to that part of the body. Some people just have general symptoms of not feeling well. Most people with lung cancer don't have symptoms until the cancer is advanced. Lung cancer symptoms may include—

Other changes that can sometimes occur with lung cancer may include repeated bouts of pneumonia and swollen or enlarged lymph nodes (glands) inside the chest in the area between the lungs.

These symptoms can happen with other illnesses, too. If you have some of these symptoms, talk to your doctor, who can help find the cause.

Source: CDC Cancer3

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Imported from Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO)

Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH)4

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Speak with your doctor if you notice any of the following:

symptoms related to the lungs:

general symptoms:

Source: Queensland Government5

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Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Common signs of lung cancer include:

These symptoms may be caused by lung cancer or other health problems. Do not wait until you feel pain. See your doctor right away. Studies show that starting treatment for lung cancer early leads to better results.

Source: NIA (NIH)6

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Possible signs of non-small cell lung cancer include a cough that doesn't go away and shortness of breath. Check with your doctor or other health professional if you have any of the following problems:

Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)7

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Your symptoms may include a persistent cough, lingering bronchitis, and even coughing up blood. If lung cancer has advanced beyond the early stages and even spread (metastasized) beyond the lungs, symptoms may include weight loss, fatigue, difficulty breathing, and more severe reactions.

Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)8

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  1. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ asb/ signs
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2005/ October2005/ docs/ 02capsules.htm
  3. Source: CDC Cancer: cancer/ lung/ basic_info/ symptoms.htm
  4. Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH): gtr/ conditions/ C0684249/ 
  5. Source: Queensland Government: health/ staying-healthy/ men-women/ women/ cancer
  6. Source: NIA (NIH): health/ understanding-lung-problems
  7. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): magazine/ issues/ winter13/ articles/ winter13pg6-7.html
  8. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): magazine/ issues/ spring07/ articles/ spring07pg8.html

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