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Lung Cancer - When To Call a Doctor

Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you:

  • Have new or sudden onset of chest pain that is crushing or squeezing, is increasing in intensity, or occurs with any other symptoms of a heart attack, such as shortness of breath and nausea.
  • Have new or sudden difficulty breathing.
  • Are coughing up a lot of blood (not just streaks of blood or a small amount of blood mixed with a lot of mucus) from your lungs.
  • Have been vomiting and feel that you may pass out when you sit up or stand.

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.

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Last Updated: September 12, 2012
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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