Lung cancer

Lung CancerThe key symptom of lung cancer is a persistent cough that gradually gets worse.

Other symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • drop in ability to exercise
  • persistent chest pain
  • persistent cough or coughing up blood
  • loss of appetite, weight loss and general fatigue

At present there is no effective screening test for lung cancer.

If you are worried that you have lung cancer, your doctor may order a chest X-ray, which allows doctors to look out for shadowy areas on the lungs.

Sometimes a more detailed series of x-rays, called a CT scan, is ordered.

In many cases, this will be followed by a bronchoscopy or mediastinoscopy, which means that a thin flexible telescope is put down the airways of your lungs, after which a biopsy of any suspicious area is performed.

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