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what are symptoms for lung cancer?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Many symptoms: Lung cancer can present with many symptoms, including shortness of breath, cough, bloody sputum, weight loss, fatigue, or no symptoms at all, especially in the early stages of the cancer.
Dr. Brian Mott
Dr. Brian Mott commented
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
Many times patients with early stage disease have no symptoms and the cancer is discover accidentally
Aug 20, 2012
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Many possibilities: Lung cancer symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, blood in the sputum, weight loss.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Early stage lung cancer can be asymptomatic or no symptoms. Often it is found incidentally by chest xray or chest ct scan. Ct scan screening for high risk patients has shown to be effective. Larger cancers can cause symptoms such as bleeding (hemoptysis), wheezing, weight loss and other symptoms.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Variable: In early stage patients may be without any significant symptoms- -perhaps some coughs- and sometimes is found accidentally . At a later stage symptoms would be more significant -that will include- persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain associated with breathing ( deep breathing for instance), coughing up blood, weight loss, decrease apetite etc.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Several: Persistent cough, wheezing, coughing up blood, unintentional weight loss, etc...But the majority of lung cancer is without symptoms. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Often limited: Unfortunately, early lung cancer is often asymptomatic. The following link may assist you in the possible symptoms: http://goo.Gl/vvhhy.
Dr. Lorne Bigley
Family Medicine 34 years experience
There are many: Symptoms of lung cancer include: coughing up blood, unexplained weight loss, chronic cough, recurrent pneumonia that doesn't clear up, chest pain, and shortness of breath. If you have smoked a lot, you are at much higher risk, but there are some lung cancers that are not associated with smoking.
Dr. Vinod Shidham
Specializes in Pathology
May be!: Lung cancer may be without symptoms initially. As it advances, the symptoms may range from blood in sputum with-cough to shortness of breath to chest pain.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes...: Unfortunately, lung cancer during earlier stages is often without symptoms. However, as others have said, there may be symptoms with lung cancer. This link may be of help: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/lung-cancer/symptoms-and-signs.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Many or none : May be asymptomatic until late! and bad! cough, production, bloody sputum, pain, fluid - effusion and short of breath, wheezing, weight loss.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias.
Dr. Joseph Gutman
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Well...: Most often there are no symptoms. But persistent cough, unexplained weight loss, and a history of risk factors such a smoking or environmental exposures. There are types of lung cancer that are different... Cough, intractable, is something that often leads to a chest X-ray or even a high resolution CT scan, which is the way to find it.
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
None in early stages: Lung cancer may not produce any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. In approximately 40 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer, the diagnosis is made after the disease has advanced. In one third of those diagnosed, the cancer has reached stage 3. Cough, weight loss, blood in sputum, hoarseness, and shortness of breath are some symptoms.
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Lung cancer: Two things: 1: If you think you have lung cancer you should start with a clinic visit to the Emergency Facility. 2: What are the symptoms you have had? Please let me know how things go.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Many, varied: The common symptoms are cough, chest pain, shortness of breath and weight loss. Sometimes the symptoms are due to metastases(spread tumor). In that case you may have bone pains or headaches due to tumor spread to the Bones and brain respectively.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
It depends: on the extent, location, and type of lung cancer. There may be no symptoms with a small tumor. With more extensive involvement, there may be constitutional symptoms such as weight loss. There are numerous non metastatic potential disorders(paraneoplastic syndromes). There may be cough, chest pain, or hemoptysis depending on the local extent.

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