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When to Seek Medical Care

See a health care provider as soon as possible if you develop any of the following:

  • Any symptom of lung cancer
  • New cough or change in an existing cough
  • Hemoptysis (flecks of blood in your sputum when coughing)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained persistent fatigue
  • Unexplained deep aches or pains

Go immediately to the nearest hospital emergency department if any of the following occur:

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  • Coughing up a large amount of blood
  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Sudden weakness
  • Sudden vision problems
  • Persistent chest pain

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Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on May 02, 2014
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