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A 31-year-old female asked:

What type of cancer could cause hip,back,body aches,short of breath and fatigue?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Metastatic cancer: If there is an existing malignancy, then the symptoms you describe are those of a lesion that has metastasized to multiple sites such as bone and lung. In a female the most common lesions would be derived from breast or lung cancer. A PET/CAT scan would resolve the issue of which is true metastasis and what might be neuromuscular.
Dr. Charles Glassman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Not Cancer: It is highly unlikely that those symptoms are related to any type of cancer. I suggest a general examination and getting a general blood test including a Western Blot test for Lyme. Often our physical symptoms are related to other stresses in our life, as well, so it would be a good opportunity to assess those.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
This is a good answer. Cancer may cause some of these symptoms but it's hard to find one that causes all of them and other things must be considered/ruled out first. An overall physical exam with basic tests and counseling over stress is a great first step to find out any cause of these general symptoms and even there, it can be all normal. Rest and more sleep also helps. Best of luck.
Jun 7, 2014

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