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What are some reasons you might get back pain if you have lung cancer?

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If you have lung cancer, sometimes you have back pain because the tumor inside the lung is pressing on nerves in the back or the spine. The pain can also be a sign that your cancer has spread to your spine. See your doctor right away if your back hurts.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

American Cancer Society: "Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer."

Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology : "Back Pain in a Patient with Lung Cancer."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Insight: "Back Pain and Cancer: How Are They Related?"

Mayo Clinic: "Bone Metastasis."

CancerCare: "Caring for Your Bones When You Have Cancer."

Journal of Bone Oncology : "Incidence and consequences of bone metastases in lung cancer patients."

Oncology Reviews : "Bone Metastases: An Overview."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "When to Go to the Emergency Room."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Spinal Cord Compression."

Journal of Oncology Practice : "Cancer-Related Hypercalcemia.

JAMA Oncology : "Leptomeningeal Metastases."

Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology : "Bone and Brain Metastasis in Lung Cancer."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Leptomeningeal Metastases."

Insights Imaging : "Imaging of Urgencies and Emergencies in the Lung Cancer Patient."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

American Cancer Society: "Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer."

Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology : "Back Pain in a Patient with Lung Cancer."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Insight: "Back Pain and Cancer: How Are They Related?"

Mayo Clinic: "Bone Metastasis."

CancerCare: "Caring for Your Bones When You Have Cancer."

Journal of Bone Oncology : "Incidence and consequences of bone metastases in lung cancer patients."

Oncology Reviews : "Bone Metastases: An Overview."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "When to Go to the Emergency Room."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Spinal Cord Compression."

Journal of Oncology Practice : "Cancer-Related Hypercalcemia.

JAMA Oncology : "Leptomeningeal Metastases."

Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology : "Bone and Brain Metastasis in Lung Cancer."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Leptomeningeal Metastases."

Insights Imaging : "Imaging of Urgencies and Emergencies in the Lung Cancer Patient."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2019

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