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What are the symptoms of non-small-cell lung cancer?

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You may not notice symptoms in the early stages. Or you might mistake them for another illness, such as pneumonia or a collapsed lung. Like other types of lung cancer, symptoms can include:

  • Coughing that lasts or gets worse
  • Chest pain that often hurts more when you cough, laugh, or take deep breaths
  • Hoarseness or voice changes
  • Harsh, raspy sounds when you breathe
  • Wheezing
  • Weight loss, little appetite
  • Coughing up blood or mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Lasting lung problems, like bronchitis or pneumonia

From: Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

College of American Pathologists: "Lung Cancer: Lung Adenocarcinoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer," "Eating Problems and Ways To Manage Them," "Your Feelings: Learning You Have Cancer."

Medscape: "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment & Management."

University of Southern California: "A Patient's Guide to Lung Surgery."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: "Mediastinoscopy."

LungCancer.org: "Types and Staging of Lung Cancer."

Medline Plus: "Radiation Therapy."

American Cancer Society: "Photodynamic Therapy," "Managing symptoms of advanced cancer, by location," "Lung Cancer (Non-Small Cell)," "Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Non-small cell lung cancer treatment; stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 01, 2017

SOURCES:

College of American Pathologists: "Lung Cancer: Lung Adenocarcinoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer," "Eating Problems and Ways To Manage Them," "Your Feelings: Learning You Have Cancer."

Medscape: "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment & Management."

University of Southern California: "A Patient's Guide to Lung Surgery."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: "Mediastinoscopy."

LungCancer.org: "Types and Staging of Lung Cancer."

Medline Plus: "Radiation Therapy."

American Cancer Society: "Photodynamic Therapy," "Managing symptoms of advanced cancer, by location," "Lung Cancer (Non-Small Cell)," "Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Non-small cell lung cancer treatment; stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 01, 2017

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