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What are the symptoms of small cell lung cancer?

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Dr. Jon Wee
Surgery - Thoracic
6 doctors agree

In brief: Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath and hemoptysis are common.
Often they are asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic until you have extensive disease. Depending on the spread of disease, pain and neurologic issue can arise.

In brief: Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath and hemoptysis are common.
Often they are asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic until you have extensive disease. Depending on the spread of disease, pain and neurologic issue can arise.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Varies

Shortness of breath and cough would be the most common symptoms.
Many times, at earlier stage, patients are asymptomatic or just having a very minimal symptoms. In /extensive stage, other systemic symptoms like chest pain, weight loss, decrease in apetite, fatigue, and other symptoms caused by metastatic disease-( depending on the location ) ie- bony pain, neurologic problems etc also can happen.

In brief: Varies

Shortness of breath and cough would be the most common symptoms.
Many times, at earlier stage, patients are asymptomatic or just having a very minimal symptoms. In /extensive stage, other systemic symptoms like chest pain, weight loss, decrease in apetite, fatigue, and other symptoms caused by metastatic disease-( depending on the location ) ie- bony pain, neurologic problems etc also can happen.
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Dr. Brian Mott
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Depends

Most patients with lung cancer have no symptoms and find a lung mass on radiologic studies for something else entirely.
When symptoms present it could indicate more advanced disease. Typical chest symptoms are coughing up blood, new cough or difficulty breathing, chest pain.

In brief: Depends

Most patients with lung cancer have no symptoms and find a lung mass on radiologic studies for something else entirely.
When symptoms present it could indicate more advanced disease. Typical chest symptoms are coughing up blood, new cough or difficulty breathing, chest pain.
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology

In brief: Paraneoplastic,etc..

Small cell lung cancer is like other lung cancers, but it also often presents with a paraneoplastic syndrome due to its neurosecretory granules which contain neuroendocrine hormone.
The lambert-eaton myasthenic syndrome (muscle weakness due to auto-antibodies), is a prime example. Most arise in the larger airways (primary and secondary bronchi), and include syx. Like fatigue, dyspnea, and cough.

In brief: Paraneoplastic,etc..

Small cell lung cancer is like other lung cancers, but it also often presents with a paraneoplastic syndrome due to its neurosecretory granules which contain neuroendocrine hormone.
The lambert-eaton myasthenic syndrome (muscle weakness due to auto-antibodies), is a prime example. Most arise in the larger airways (primary and secondary bronchi), and include syx. Like fatigue, dyspnea, and cough.
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