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.