About Lung Cancer

About Lung Cancer

Understand the basics of lung cancer, diagnosis and different treatment options

Symptoms of Lung Cancer

It is important to report any unusual physical feelings to a doctor. These unusual feelings can happen in conditions other than cancer too. The signs and symptoms of lung cancer can take years to develop and they may not appear until the disease is advanced.4


The symptoms of lung cancer may include any of the following:5


- A cough that does not go away

- A change in colour or volume of sputum

A chest infection slow to clear up, even after antibiotics

Repeated bouts of pneumonia or bronchitis

Shortness of breath or wheezing

Hoarseness or a changing voice

Coughing up blood

Pain in the chest, shoulder, or back unrelated to pain from coughing

Difficulty swallowing

Poor appetite and unexplained weight loss

Feeling tired all the time

Neck or facial swelling


If the original lung cancer has spread, a person may feel symptoms in other places in the body. Common places for lung cancer to spread include other parts of the lungs, lymph nodes, bones, brain, liver, and adrenal glands.6






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5. ICS. Understanding Cancer of the Lung. 2014 Edition. Available at: https://www.cancer.ie/sites/default/files/content-attachments/cancer_of_the_lung_2016_web.pdf. Accessed: 2 May 2019.

6. Lung Cancer 101. Symptoms of Lung Cancer. Available at: https://www.lungcancer.org/find_information/publications/163-lung_cancer_101/266-symptoms. Accessed: 2 May 2019.