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What Are The Symptoms Of Lung Cancer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Insidious: I have resected hundreds of lung cancers in my life. Most of the patients did not have any symptoms until late. Depending where in the tracheobronchial tree the mass grows, it may or not give early symptoms.A non calcified nodule found on a screening low dose cat scan of the chest on a smoker or high lung cancer risk person is cancer over 55% of the time and usually had absolutely no symptoms. ...Read more
Local & systemic: Cancer in general has local symptoms that are the result of the physical presence of an abnormal mass: obstruction, destruction or compression of airways, ducts, nerves, bones etc. Cancer also has systemic effects such as weight loss and sometimes the production of hormone-like substances that mimic various endocrine disorders. All becomes worse with mets ...Read more
Lung Ca Symportoms: Lung cancer symptoms vary from patient to patient and stage to stage. Symptoms can vary from chronic cough, weight loss to symptoms like hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and shortness of breath and wheezing. Other less common symptoms are elevated calcium and/or low sodium and/or anemia on blood testing and bony pain and peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more
No single answer: Cough, chest pain, blood in sputim, shortness of breath, weight loss are all possible symptoms of lung cancer, but are not exclusive to lung cancer. As the disease can spread to other organs, headache, weakness or numbness may signify involvement of the brain, pain in bones may signify bone involvement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough: Emphysema typically causes breathlessness with exertion. Cancer is silent at first, but later can cause persistent cough or even coughing up blood. Chest pain that is persistent may occur. Emphysema generally doesn't cause much coughing, unlike chronic bronchitis which often occurs in combination (copd). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the symptoms of lung cancer that spread to the brain? I have nerve damage from lung lobectomy and still have cancer. Do not want chemo.
Varied Brain sympto: Brain metastases often cause headaches which are persistent and progressive such that you will need medication to relieve it. other symptoms are nausea and or vomiting, vision changes and sometimes seizures. Paralysis of arms or legs can occur but only rarely. If there is any such concern a Brain MRI is a good test to check your brain.Radiotherapy and steroids are a good treatment(instead of Chemo ...Read more
Often none: ...Until the cancer is advanced and incurable. When symptoms happen, they can be lung related (cough, shortness of breath, spitting blood) or related to advanced disease like bone pain or headaches due to metastases. Also, patients can experience fatigue and weight loss. If you smoke, please stop. ...Read more
From nothing: To terminal. Early on, no symptoms. May be identified on x-ray or ct for something independent. Cough hemoptysis- coughing blood pain in apex or chest wall shortness of breath. Progress from tiny, to small stage 1, to local spread to lymph nodes, to spread with distant metastasis stage 4. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Early lung cancer may not have any symptoms. Common symptoms are cough, sputum that may be blood stained, shortness of breath, weakness, hormonal symptoms and symptoms due to metastases. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lung-cancer/ds00038/dsection=symptoms. ...Read more
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?
Often asymptomatic.: This is often asymptomatic with about 5-15% detected from symptoms. Pesistent cough is the usual presenting sign, with hemoptysis, wheeze, dyspnea or difficulty breathing, depending on its site. Hoarseness, and respiratory failure can mean spread beyond the lungs. This occurs most at 55-65 years and since smoking is the most common cause, it likely takes from its start so don't start smoking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: Common symptoms of emphysema include cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath. The problem with lung cancer is...many times, there are no symptoms (like coughing up blood) until it is too late. That is why lung cancer is so deadly. And that is why smoking, which causes lung cancer, is so harmful. ...Read more
None or some: Causes: carcinogens in cigarrete smoke, radon, radioactivity, inhalation of organic halogenated hydrocarbons, aromatic hydrocarbons, exposure to known carcinogens to include some. Many times no symptoms. Sometimes, persistent cough, hemoptysis, weight loss(unexplained) recurrent pneumonia, may lead to discovery. Smoking anything is a risk. Asbestos inhalation co carcinogen.Read warnings! ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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