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When to Call the Doctor

When to Seek Medical Care

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


  • Any symptom of lung cancer

  • New cough or change in an existing cough

  • Hemoptysis (flecks of blood in the 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 on August 10, 2005
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