Lung Cancer Signs

10 Early Warning Signs of Lung Cancer
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Many people see a lung cancer diagnosis as a death sentence. That's understandable, since lung cancer kills more than 1.3 million people a year. But when caught early enough, lung cancer can be treatable and, often, curable. According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rate for lung cancer that hasn't metastasized, or spread, is slightly more than 50 percent, as compared to nearly 4 percent for lung cancer that's already spread to other organ systems. So pay close attention to these early -- and sometimes surprising -- signs of lung cancer, and be assertive about bringing anything suspicious to your doctor's attention.

Depression or other mood changes

Researchers have recently noted a surprising connection between first-time diagnosis of depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric symptoms and lung cancer. In a surprising number of cases, cancer patients -- particularly those with lung cancer -- discover they have a tumor after being referred for psychiatric care. One study that followed more than four million people for ten years, for example, found that when people ages 50 to 64 were referred to a psychiatrist for the first time in their lives, the overall incidence of cancer increased almost fourfold.

How it feels: Psychiatric symptoms can take many forms, from the fatigue, lethargy, and low spirits characteristic of depression to racing, panicky thoughts. Irritability, unexplained outbursts of anger, and other personality changes also can indicate psychiatric issues. As one lung cancer patient recalls, "Everything just seemed to get to me."

What causes it: The connection between anxiety, depression, and lung cancer isn't clear, except that people may be feeling generally subpar without knowing why.

What to do: If you notice personality and mood changes that are out of character, either for yourself or someone else, talk about them and search for a cause. If they seem to come out of the blue, bring them to a doctor's attention and ask if there might be a physical explanation.

Frequent illness

Getting sick over and over again with colds, flu, bronchitis, or even pneumonia may make you wonder if your immune system is to blame. But another possible culprit for repeated illness is lung cancer. That's especially true for women who smoke.

How it feels: The symptoms are the same as they are for unrelated colds, flus, and infections. The difference is in how persistent the symptoms are: either lasting a long time or going away only to recur.

What causes it: As the cancer settles into the tissues of the lung and the bronchial tubes, it causes symptoms similar to a cold or flu. Lung cancer also makes the lungs more susceptible to illness and infection. With the body's immune system busy fighting the cancer, it's less able to defend itself against germs, resulting in more serious infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

What to do: Keep close track if it seems as if you're getting sick more than usual, and bring the situation to your doctor's attention.


21 days ago, said...

If have been under the care of Warrinton Respiratory clinic since 2014 they have taken many tests but do not give me results. Being deaf I request clinical notes so I can understand what is going on with me not all consultants do this. I would like to know given this painful mucus cough for over three years with a pain in my chest bone and lungs I thing maybe wind, due to the severity of the constant daily pain my bones aphave started to go stiff suddenly. Question I would like to know would I be in my rights to aske for a lung cancer test? Thank you


21 days ago, said...

Surprised to learn unusual bouts of anger, never in my life I been so impatient with people I hate moanets and I have become one. I have been ill now for over three years that started of in February 2013 as a persistent mucus cough that kept me up all night coughing. Hair loss breathlessness and dry skin. Since then I have been under the care of six different specialists departments. They cannot give me answers to questions I have raised as possible causes . Respiratory clinic since 2014 they took many tests but never any results given then January 2016 informed me I had lung diesease due to inflammation of the linings of my lungs that is Unfixable. I was not told this result until January 2016 I had to agree to trial and error to try to fix this very painful mucus cough. The first test of 8 weeks proved successful the painful cough disappeared. However this painful cought has returned after only three months it is as bad as it was after the thee years. I was perscribed 4 x 10ml bottles of steriod nasal drop a for over 19 years in my eats and nose and for two years in my eyes but specialists don't know if these are the case of all my weird illness since 2013 some of the requiring Opetations more than once on the bones in my feet and my sininus. Thirst, dry mouth dry crusty ears, inflammation unfixable Sinusis bloating bladder infections all since 2013. I have kept a record of two arch lever files on my conditions suffered during this period. I relies there is nothing I can do about it these days because even though. I was a me,bet of my local gym until 2012 and look younger than my years which go against me, my age is the deciding factor in all of this I am over 70.. Hope this makes sense my eye problem cause me to have double vision. Specially at night.


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9 months ago, said...

I was diagnosed with a Pan Coast tumor stage 3b lung cancer in 2002, I had surgery, radiation and chemo and was cancer free until 2015. In Jan. 2015 I went to the ER for a pain in my leg. I was pretty sure it was a DVT because I had one before and I had just returned from Florida. I did indeed have a DVT plus I had 2 pulmonary embolism and then they told me I had stage IV metastatic lung cancer that had gone to my spine and 22 other bones. I have had 15 radiation treatments to my spine. My tumor tested positive for EGFR mutated gene, Tarceva taken orally daily just targets the mutated gene in the cancer so all my other counts stay normal. I am feeling pretty good my battle is trying to keep some weight on my bones. I know that I will probably not be cured of this cancer but I believe that I have more options now then in the past.


10 months ago, said...

DEC 15 th 2015 I lost my Husband of almost 41 Years from Lung Cancer we found out in Dec of 2014 he had Lung Cancer . The Ambulance took him to the Hospitial we thought he had Pneumonia he had trouble breathing.. He was still in the Hospitial when we found out 3 Days later he had Lung Cancer and it was inoperable that was so hard to know that he was only 68 years old. Its so, so hard without him I,m still not over Losing him. He only made it for 9 Months after we found out. This September 20 th 2015 its been one Year sense he left me. I lost my Sister from lung cancer to in 2005 and lost my aunt from lung cancer in 1992...My sisters was inoperable to and my aunts. ad I lost my cousins wife to from Lung Cancer. I am glad some People make it ok.. I wish my Husband and the rest would have made it.... Sincerley Mrs Tony S. From Roseburg, Oregon.


10 months ago, said...

My mother had no shot. The lung cancer had metastasized to her cervical spine (neck) and she was asymptomatic to any breathing problems, mood changes and such. She was diagnosed and dead within a month. She was only 62, a 30 year, pack a day smoker but quit for 14 years before her diagnoses. And it's not true that green leafy vegetables and sunflower seeds greatly reduce the chances of getting the disease. The woman always had a fresh salad on her dinner table every night and very much enjoyed sunflower seeds.


10 months ago, said...

I have a fiancé that does a lot of coughing and she won't do have a CT scan I hope you will continue to send her information concerning lung cancer.


11 months ago, said...

My husband caught pneumonia in 2008. Since he had Emphysema his pulmonologist took an x-ray every. In 2012 the x-ray showed an abnormal shadow. A few diagnostic tests later revealed cancer in both lungs and one kidney. Two years later he had a seizure and a MRI showed the cancer had spread to his brain although 2 previous MRIs were clear of any abnormality. My husband died 3 1/2 weeks later. Please urge Medicare and physicians to perform diagnostic exams more often.


11 months ago, said...

I was extremely fatigued; had lost about 15 lbs. Since I was never a smoker I was fortunate that my doctor recommended a chest x-ray. They removed the upper left lobe. Since it was caught early I didn't need chemo or radiation. Know your body, pay attention to it and don't be afraid to talk to your doctor.


11 months ago, said...

I want to know that can treatment lung cancer? what is stage surely?


11 months ago, said...

thank you for this information. I was just diagnosed with Stage 1A adenocarcinoma in my left upper lobe. Had 2 biopsies before it could be definitive, but scheduled to see thoracic surgeon to discus lobectomy. I am lucky it was caught early and is curable with the surgery. In reading the systems, I had a lot of them but as a "nurse" I ignored or associated them with other problems. A chest x-ray showed something in lower right lung and CT picked up the "suspicious" nodule 2.78 cm and ground glass in appearance. Thanks you again, I was lucky and I hope others take these signs and symptoms seriously.


11 months ago, said...

My sister had horrible back pain, and went promptly to the hospital, where they found a large metastasis on her spine and a non-small-cell lung cancer in her lung. Ironically, she never smoked, but her first husband was a heavy smoker. He died of liver failure caused by alcoholism (she never drank either). They operated on her spine, gave radiation to the primary, and tried to give her chemotherapy for the tumor that remained in her spine. It killed her at 48. She never thought to have her physician look for lung cancer, considering that she had never smoked.


11 months ago, said...

I was also told no one is ever diagnosed with NSC until stage 2. I knew my boyfriend was very sick 1 1/2 years before he died but he just brushed it off as being tired. ER kept saying he had vertigo.


11 months ago, said...

Wish I had known all of this before my boyfriend died last year. He had almost all of these symptoms. He died 6 weeks after being diagnosed.


11 months ago, said...

yes very helpfull


12 months ago, said...

I don't smoke and drink and play tennis, jogging,etc. At age 58, I felt itchiness on one leg, months later to the other leg. It was not allergy. One day I felt a painful pinch on my left chest I thought it is heart attack, but it disappeared in 30 sec.. I heard a friend had 3rd stage lung cancer so I asked for an X-ray and it is 1st stage NSC lung cancer.I read a similar case to a farmer. After surgery,itchiness is gone.