Small cell lung cancer symptoms
Most of the signs associated with small cell lung cancer are not present until the cancer has progressed. Typically, symptoms of small cell lung cancer continue to evolve and worsen as the disease spreads to distant organs.
Early symptoms of small cell lung cancer
- Persistent cough
- Chest pains that get worse with deep breathing, laughing or coughing
- Unexplained loss of appetite and weight
- Coughing up blood or rust-colored phlegm
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling weak and/or tired
- Bronchitis, pneumonia or other infections that keep recurring
Symptoms of advanced-stage small cell lung cancer
- Bone pain
- Headaches, dizziness or limbs that become weak or numb
- Lumps in the neck or collar bone region
Paraneoplastic syndromes & lung cancer
Sometimes small cell lung cancer can cause paraneoplastic syndromes. While not always the case, these syndromes are often early signs of small cell lung cancer.
Small cell lung cancer may cause one of these three paraneoplastic syndromes: Syndrome of Inappropriate Anti-Diuretic Hormone (SIADH), Cushing Syndrome or Lambert-Eaton Syndrome.