Lung Cancer Symptoms tend to develop as the condition progresses. But when symptoms appear, one of the first signs is cough. But with winter, the flu and the cold season in full swing, how do you know if the cough is linked to the potentially deadly disease?
This is not the only one in the cough to look out for. The health body adds that coughing up blood is a sign to watch for.
And having a cough change you have had for a long time can also be a sign.
It may look different or painful when you cough.
If your cough lasts for more than two or three weeks or you start coughing up blood, consult your GP.
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Other Lung Cancer Symptoms
Other signs are listed by Cancer Research UK as:
- Running out of breath doing what you used to do without problems
- Having chest or shoulder pain or pain
- Chest infections that keep coming back or a chest infection that doesn't get better
- Losing the appetite
- Feeling tired all the time (fatigue)
- Losing weight
Lung Cancer Treatment
Treatments for lung cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. It depends on the stage and type of lung cancer and your overall health, says Macmillan Cancer Support.
He advises: “Sometimes surgery is used to remove non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) but is rarely used for small cell lung cancer (CPPC).
“Chemotherapy is the main treatment for CPPC. It can be given at the same time as radiotherapy (called chemoradiation). Chemotherapy can be given before or after NSCLC surgery.
“Radiotherapy can be used instead of surgery to treat early lung cancer. It may also be given with or after chemotherapy. For SCLC, radiotherapy can be given to the head to prevent secondary cancer.
“Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are also used to control symptoms.
“Targeted therapies and immunotherapy medications are used to treat advanced NSCLC. Tests are done on cancer to find out if certain medications are appropriate.
“Sometimes ablation treatments that use heat or laser light are used to treat lung cancer very early. The laser can also be used if the cancer is blocking the airway. "