PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are signs that my lung cancer may be back?

ANSWER

The symptoms of a lung cancer recurrence depend on where it comes back. If it's in your lungs, you may have:

Other general signs of cancer include:

  • A cough that doesn't go away
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lung infections, like bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Coughing up blood
  • Pain, such as headaches and back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Skin issues, like a yellowish tint and itchiness
  • Fever
  • Unexplained weight loss

From: When Lung Cancer Comes Back WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What is Cancer Recurrence?” “Small Cell Lung Cancer Stages,” “Treatment Choices for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, by Stage.”

American Lung Association: “Lung Cancer.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Treatment for Recurrent Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology : “Relapse of Stage I Small Cell Lung Cancer Ten or More Years After the Start of Treatment.”

Journal of the National Cancer Institute : “Lung Cancer Prognosis Before and After Recurrence in a Population-Based Setting.”

Mayo Clinic: “When Cancer Returns: How to Cope with Cancer Recurrence.”

National Cancer Institute: “Targeted Cancer Therapies,” “Immunotherapy to Treat Cancer.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology : “Relapsed Small Cell Lung Cancer: Treatment Options and Latest Developments.”

University of California San Francisco Department of Surgery: “Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 19, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What is Cancer Recurrence?” “Small Cell Lung Cancer Stages,” “Treatment Choices for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, by Stage.”

American Lung Association: “Lung Cancer.”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Treatment for Recurrent Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology : “Relapse of Stage I Small Cell Lung Cancer Ten or More Years After the Start of Treatment.”

Journal of the National Cancer Institute : “Lung Cancer Prognosis Before and After Recurrence in a Population-Based Setting.”

Mayo Clinic: “When Cancer Returns: How to Cope with Cancer Recurrence.”

National Cancer Institute: “Targeted Cancer Therapies,” “Immunotherapy to Treat Cancer.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology : “Relapsed Small Cell Lung Cancer: Treatment Options and Latest Developments.”

University of California San Francisco Department of Surgery: “Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 19, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

Is the treatment different for a lung cancer recurrence?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: