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Lung Cancer - When To Call a Doctor

Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you:

Call your doctor immediately if you have:

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  • Labored, shallow, rapid breathing with shortness of breath or wheezing, even when you are resting.
  • Swelling of your neck and face.

Call your doctor to find out when an evaluation is needed if you:

  • Have new chest pain (more than just discomfort when you cough) that lasts a long time and gets worse when you breathe deeply.
  • Develop symptoms of pneumonia, such as shortness of breath, cough, and fever.
  • Have a cough that produces a small amount of bloody (bright red or rust-colored) mucus.
  • Frequently cough up yellow or green mucus from your lungs (not postnasal drainage) for longer than 2 days.
  • Vomit frequently from coughing.
  • Have a cough that lasts longer than 4 weeks.
  • Breathe normally when you are at rest but are very short of breath after any physical exercise.
  • Have increasing fatigue for no apparent reason.
  • Have unexplained weight loss.

Who to see

Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms and your risk for lung cancer include:

Health professionals who can evaluate and treat your lung cancer include:

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: September 19, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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