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What symptoms might you have if small-cell lung cancer spreads to distant parts of the body?

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Symptoms due to distant cancer spread depend on where it spreads to and can include the following:

  • Spread to the brain can cause headache, blurring of vision, nausea, vomiting, weakness of any limb, mental changes, and seizures.
  • Spread to the vertebral column can cause back pain.
  • Spread to the spinal cord can cause paralysis and loss of bowel or bladder function.
  • Spread to the bone can cause bone pain.
  • Spread to the liver can cause pain in the right upper part of the abdomen.

From: Small-Cell Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

American College of Chest Physicians.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

American College of Chest Physicians.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2017

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