Although Lung Cancer has traditionally been associated with smoking, there is a significant minority to warrant non-smokers being on the alert for the onset of this disease. Outside smoking, other causes attributable to this pulmonary malignancy include exposure to uranium, vinyl chloride, coal products, asbestos and arsenic, among others. Unfortunately, symptoms of Lung Cancer show up when the illness has already taken hold, underlying the necessity of early screening should one become aware of one or two indicators of its presence.
Caught in its very early stages however, like most other ailments, treatment can be initiated and one does stand a fighting chance to control and, in some measure, arrest the advance of the disease.
Should one notice the symptoms of Lung Cancer mentioned below one should be open to the possibility of at least having the early stages of the disease and pay their doctor a visit at the earliest opportunity.
Symptoms of Lung Cancer
A slight but persistent cough that increases in intensity should be the first indication of your lungs trying to tell you something. One should, above all, be on the lookout for blood-streaked sputum brought up by the cough. If the cough is accompanied by a persistent wheezing then one should really consider going for a check-up without further delay. Coughing and wheezing will have a natural by-product in the form of hoarseness. This again should alert one to the possibility of being the reluctant host to this ailment.
Any type of chest pain (recurrent or constant), especially when this is precipitated by a bout of coughing, is among the Symptoms of Lung Cancer that one cannot afford to ignore. The pain would normally be an indication of metastasis to the chest wall or may be the result of enlarged lymph nodes.
Repeated lung infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia may also serve as a warning to the presence of lung cancer.
General fatigue, loss of appetite (and the attendant weight loss), taken in totality with all the other symptoms, are a fairly accurate indicator of the presence of lung cancer.
The label ‘Lung Cancer’ is somewhat misleading implying, as it does, that this is a disease that confines itself solely to the lungs. It is important to note that should one experience the symptoms described hereunder this would be an indication of the spread of Lung Cancer to other organs. Immediate medical attention in such cases cannot be over-emphasised. The appearance of lumps just under the skin may mean the cancer has spread to the epidermis and lymph nodes. Misfires in the nervous system showing up as dizziness, seizures, motor problems, numbness of arms or legs and headaches could well be an indication that the cancer has spread to the brain or the spinal cord. Bone pain of whatever intensity, limb or region should also not be ignored.
Thoracic Surgery, though by its very nature invasive, is another option in treating lung cancer. It has the advantage of being less toxic than Radiation and Chemotherapy. To complement these, are Alternative Treatments which help treat the cancer.
It is just a matter of time before medical advances perfect (or at the very least fine-tune) the existing immunotherapy drugs which have proved successful in a limited number of cases in treating Lung Cancer.
Please contact us if you are suffering from Lung Cancer. One of our Patient Representatives will get back to you as soon as possible.