Lung Cancer: Symptoms

Lung cancer symptoms are similar, no matter what type of lung cancer a patient has. Early disease produces few or no symptoms. Patients generally experience the following only once the tumor has grown sufficiently.

  • A new, nagging cough
  • Changes in a chronic cough
  • Coughing up blood, even small amounts
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing
  • Hoarseness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bone pain
  • Headaches
  • A tumor that presses on large blood vessels in the middle of the chest can cause swelling of the neck and face
  • A tumor that presses on certain nerves at the top of the lungs can cause pain and weakness in the shoulder, arm, or hand.