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What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Answered by: Daniel Nader, DO, FCCP
Chief, Division of Pulmonary Services, Department of Medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America®; Chief of Staff, Lung Program Director

Dr. Nader describes some common symptoms of lung cancer, including unexplained weight loss or cough, shortness of breath and chest pain. He recommends that patients see their physicians for evaluation if symptoms arise. 

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Daniel A. Nader: The symptoms for lung cancer include an unexplained cough, coughing up blood, unexplained weight loss, new or different onset of shortness of breath or shortness of breath with exertion, chest pain or discomfort. When these are not readily explained by other things, an evaluation should be done to determine if it’s possible if lung cancer could be the presenting problem.