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A 35-year-old member asked:

what are some of the first symptoms of lung cancer?

6 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gene Wong
Radiation Oncology 41 years experience
No until late: Early lung cancers are usually asymptomatic. They are found incidentally. When they grow and spread, then they may cause obstructiion of airway leading to shortness of breath, bleeding, phlegm and pneumonia. If it's spreaded, the it can cause pain in bone or in other organs involved.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
Can be many: Typical symptoms of lung cancer can be unintentional weight loss, coughing up blood, chest pain, night sweats, and some fevers and even pneumonia. But, usually, when you get these symptoms, the cancer is quite advanced. That's the problem with lung cancer: usually, it starts so small that you don't have symptoms. Then, when you do have symptoms, it is frequently too late.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Often none: Unfortunately, lung cancer is often asymptomatic, resulting in late stage diagnosis. The following link may assist you in the possible symptoms: http://goo.Gl/vvhhy.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
None: Unfortunately, lung cancer is a silent disease. Symptoms such as coughing up blood, shortness of breath, pain or loss of weight are usually late and signify advanced disease. Chest x-rays and ct scans can detect early disease. They are not recommended in your age group because they are not cost-effective, but if you are really worried, get yourself checked.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Nothing specific: You cannot rely on symptoms for early detection. A ct scan of the chest is an effective screening tool in high risk individuals.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Little or none: Unfortunately, early lung cancer is often asymptomatic. The following link may assist you in the possible symptoms: http://goo.Gl/vvhhy.

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How quickly does lung cancer spread?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Very variable: This varies with cancer type and route of spread among other factors. At the time of diagnosis, small cell lung cancer is more often already spread to other organs. Non-small cell cancer can stay as small lung nodules for a couple of years before picking up speed. Spreading via the blood vessels can be sometimes faster than spread through the lymph nodes.
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Can hearing be affected by lung cancer?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Chemotherapy: Usually the lung cancer itself does not affect hearing. However, platinum based chemotherapy (ie cisplatinum) can cause hearing loss which can be temporary or even permanent.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What is the correlation between smoking and dying of lung cancer?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
High: Smoking is clearly recognized as a risk factor for lung cancer. While not all smokers get lung cancer, smokers have a significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Could car fumes cause lung cancer?

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Dr. Donald Elton
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Not likely: The vast majority of lung cancer is caused by smoking - i.e. First hand cigarette smoke. Lung cancer is rare in people who have never smoked. If car exhaust were an important contributor we'd see far more cancer in people who had never smoked.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
None: Early stage lung cancers do not have any symptoms there is no accepted mass screening test for eararly detection low yield do not justify mass screening with spiral ct scans , smoking is a convincing cause, some lucky ones may escape, but you can't predict who will get and who will not get , and how long you need to smoke to get lung cancer.

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