Lung Cancer Symptoms

Generally a lung cancer symptom will depend on the region affected, the cancer type, and its spread pattern in the tissue. This is a common trait for cancers and is not unique to lung symptoms.

The most common and earliest lung tumor symptom is an unrelenting cough. Any discharge (sputum) from the lungs may be streaked with blood.

Severe bleeding can occur if the lung cancer has invaded regions rich in blood supply.

Lung cancer symptoms:

  • persistent and/or severe cough
  • sputum (discharge from lung) contains blood
  • severe lung bleeding
  • difficulty breathing
  • noisy breathing (wheezing)
  • spontaneous collapse of a region of the lung
  • pneumonia (including chest pain and fever)
  • chest pain
  • nerve damage causing eye dysfunctions
  • nerve damage causing pain, weakness, or numbness in an arm
  • nerve damage causing voice irregularities
  • difficulty swallowing
  • heart problems (blood flow obstruction, abnormal rhythm
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • weakness
  • shortness of breath (sometimes severe)
  • difficulty swallowing

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women. Cigarette smoking and occupational exposure to hazardous substances are the leading causes of lung cancer cases.

As with all cancers, early detection is critical. Typically medical diagnosis occurs following complaint of a lung symptom; usually a persistent, bad cough accompanied by blood in the sputum.

Prognosis for lung cancers is poor. The average survival rates versus other cancers is relatively low. Usually terminal cancer patients have cancer spread to other regions of the body.

Focus of treatment at later stages is typically on pain abatement and improvement of quality of life.

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