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Lung Cancer: Symptoms

What are the symptoms of lung cancer?
Lung cancer often does not cause symptoms in its early stages. This is when it's small and hasn't spread. In fact, many lung cancers don't cause symptoms until they have already spread.

When early lung cancer does cause symptoms, they're often like those you might have anyway if you smoke. For example, some early symptoms of lung cancer include shortness of breath and coughing.

These are some of the more common symptoms of lung cancer:

Cough that doesn't go away or gets worse over time

Chest pain, which might be worse when coughing or breathing in deeply

Coughing up blood or rust-colored mucus

Shortness of breath



Appetite loss or unexpected weight loss

Feeling tired or weak

Pneumonia or bronchitis occurring more than usual for you

Some symptoms can be caused by lung cancer spreading to other parts of the body:

Trouble breathing

Bone pain

Belly or back pain

Yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice)

Headache, seizures, or confusion

Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck

Drooping eyelid

Problems talking

When to see your healthcare provider
Many of these symptoms can be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have lung cancer.


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