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What are the symptoms of COPD and lung cancer?

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Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are common in both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer. If you have COPD and get lung cancer symptoms like chest pain, extreme tiredness, unexplained weight loss, or coughing up blood, talk to your doctor.

Both COPD and lung cancer are serious diseases. One study found that COPD decreased the odds of survival in people with lung cancer. Other research showed that in people with both NSCLC and serious COPD, chemotherapy increased 6-month survival rates.

In one study, half the people with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) also had COPD. They tended to have more symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, and increased sputum (mucus), than those with lung cancer who did not have COPD.

SOURCES:

CDC.

Lung Cancer: “The relationship between COPD and lung cancer.”

The Application of Clinical Genetics: “Genetic evidence linking lung cancer and COPD: a new perspective.”

Clinical and Translational Medicine: “Inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and its role in cardiovascular disease and lung cancer.”

BMC Cancer: “Effect of COPD on symptoms, quality of life and prognosis in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder: “Impact of COPD on prognosis of lung cancer: from a perspective on disease heterogeneity,” “Impact of chemotherapy in the prognosis of non-small-cell lung cancer patients with severe to very severe COPD.”

American Lung Association: “Treating COPD.”

SmokeFree.gov.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 31, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC.

Lung Cancer: “The relationship between COPD and lung cancer.”

The Application of Clinical Genetics: “Genetic evidence linking lung cancer and COPD: a new perspective.”

Clinical and Translational Medicine: “Inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and its role in cardiovascular disease and lung cancer.”

BMC Cancer: “Effect of COPD on symptoms, quality of life and prognosis in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder: “Impact of COPD on prognosis of lung cancer: from a perspective on disease heterogeneity,” “Impact of chemotherapy in the prognosis of non-small-cell lung cancer patients with severe to very severe COPD.”

American Lung Association: “Treating COPD.”

SmokeFree.gov.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 31, 2020

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