Lung Cancer Symptoms
Small cell carcinoma is a malignant growth in the epithelial cells of the lung and, therefore, results in lung cancer symptoms.
What are the most common lung cancer symptoms found in cases of small cell carcinoma?
- Bloody phlegm
- Pain in the chest
- Loss of weight
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling of the face
- Hoarse or changing voice
- Difficulty Swallowing
These symptoms are similar to those of other types of lung cancer. Regardless of the suspected cause of the symptoms, it is important to see a qualified medical professional to rule out reasons and determine an appropriate course of action. Up to one quarter of those incidentally diagnosed with lung cancer (ie, via a chest x-ray for another reason) are asymptomatic (they exhibit no symptoms of the disease); but the majority do show outward signs of it.
An Elaboration of Lung Cancer Symptoms
- Smokers – or former smokers – should be wary of – and attentive to a new cough, particularly if it is intense, or chronic.
- If there is a cough which does not resolve, or worsens over time, it should be evaluated by a doctor.
- The coughing up of blood or bloody phlegm, in any amount, is of concern, and takes place in a large percentage of those afflicted with lung cancer.
- Chest pain occurs in approximately one quarter of those with lung cancer. The pain is described as persistent, achy and dull.
- If shortness of breath/difficulty breathing is present, it typically results from a partial blockage of air in the lung, the spread of a tumor through the lungs, or fluid collecting around the lung.
- If hoarseness of voice or wheezing are present, they are often indicative of inflammation or lung blockage that can accompany lung cancer.
- Repeated infections of the respiratory system, such as pneumonia or bronchitis, can indicate lung cancer.
For those who exhibit any of the above signs, please see a health care professional; they may be lung cancer symptoms which require assessment and treatment.