Symptoms of Small Cell Lung Cancer
Common symptoms of small cell lung cancer include fatigue, constant chest pain, and a persistent cough that gets worse over time. Other common symptoms of the disease include shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and fever. Approximately one in four people do not exhibit any symptoms of small cell lung cancer when the disease is diagnosed.
Symptoms of small cell lung cancer may vary from patient to patient, based on factors such as the location and stage of the cancer. Some people with small cell lung cancer don't have any symptoms at all. About 25 percent of people with small cell lung cancer do not have symptoms from advanced cancer when their lung cancer is initially found.
Common symptoms of small cell lung cancer include:
- A cough that doesn't go away and gets worse over time
- Constant chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath, wheezing, or hoarseness
- Repeated problems with pneumonia or bronchitis
- Swelling of the neck and face
- Loss of appetite or weight loss
Other symptoms of small cell lung cancer that can sometimes occur include:
- Changes in the shape of the fingertips
- Swollen or enlarged lymph nodes (glands) in the upper chest and lower neck.
These possible symptoms of small cell lung cancer can be caused by other health conditions. People with these possible symptoms of small cell lung cancer should talk to their doctor -- especially if they smoke.