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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.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    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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