In its early stages, lung cancer presents few symptoms, explains the American Cancer Society, so a person with early lung cancer feels normal. As the disease progresses, he may experience chest pain that is exacerbated by deep breathing, laughing or coughing.Know More
A person with lung cancer is likely to have a persistent cough that may worsen, notes the American Cancer Society, and he may cough up blood or sputum. His voice may become hoarse; he may feel tired and weak; and he may experience shortness of breath, wheezing and frequent bouts of bronchitis or pneumonia. His appetite may diminish, leading to weight loss.
Lung cancer often spreads to the liver, adrenal glands, bones, brain and lymph nodes, at which point it causes a variety of other symptoms, according to CancerCare. The eyes and skin may take on a yellowish color if the cancer spreads to the liver. Headaches, weakness, balance problems and dizziness may occur if the cancer spreads to the brain or spinal cord. Pain in the bones or joints is likely if the cancer spreads to the bones. If the lymph nodes are affected, lumps may appear on the body. The American Cancer Society urges people who notice signs or symptoms of lung cancer to visit a doctor for an evaluation. The earlier lung cancer is diagnosed, the more effective the treatment.Learn more about Cancer
The three main types of lung cancer are non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer and lung carcinoid tumor, according to the American Cancer Society. Non-small cell lung cancer has three subtypes, including squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and large cell carcinoma.Full Answer >
Five-year survival rates for stage IA and IB non-small cell lung cancers are 49 and 45 percent, respectively, according to the American Cancer Society. Factors influencing survival rates include the patient’s overall general health, age and type of treatment chosen.Full Answer >
The American Cancer Society lists the 5-year survival rate for stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer as about one percent; stage IV small-cell lung cancer 5-year survival rates are at two percent. Mesothelioma has a 5-year survival rate of five to ten percent.Full Answer >
Upper back pain or pain near the shoulder area can be a symptom of Horner Syndrome, which is often caused by lung cancer, as the American Cancer Society explains. Back pain is also associated with the spreading of cancer throughout the lungs or upper torso.Full Answer >