Lung Cancer Symptoms and Treatment Options
Cancer strikes many thousands of people in the US every year. And
if the disease is not identified in early stages, it can grow and eventually spread to other parts of the
body. This makes it much more difficult to control and
unfortunately affects the long term prognosis for this type of cancer. Since lung cancer actually tends to affect more women than men, it is very
important to understand and recognize many of the lung cancer symptoms in women.
But it should
first of all be explained that lung cancer is a disease where cancer cells form within the tissues of the
lungs. The cancerous cells form tumors which grow and
expand. It can directly affect the function of the
lungs. And if left untreated, the cancer can grow beyond just the
lungs and form throughout the body.
earlier, women tend to have a higher risk factor for developing the disease than men. And while many people think that lung cancer only affects people who smoke,
this is not necessarily the case. Even non-smoking women have the
potential to develop the disease based on factors other than smoking.
So it must be
stressed that it is very important to try to identify the disease as early as possible. This provides the best chance to apply effective treatments and achieve the
best long term results. Unfortunately there are often no clear
signs of lung cancer in the early stages. Or some symptoms may be
misunderstood and thought to be associated with other problems such as the cold or flu.
But it has been found that around 25% of the people who have been diagnosed with lung cancer in the US found out
during the process of receiving a routine X-ray. So the need for
regular health checkups and screening is vitally important. And all
women who are concerned about this disease should pay particular attention to the following symptoms of lung cancer
Persistent coughing which does not
abate or go away. This coughing may occur any time of the
day or night. And it can worsen as the disease
progresses. In some cases the person who is suffering from
the disease may cough out phlegm which is pink because it contains some blood.
breathing. If a tumor grows within the lung, it can
block the airways and make it much more difficult to breathe. There may also be a buildup of fluid in the lungs which also
affects a person’s ability to breathe easily. People
who are affected by this kind of lung cancer may feel that they are always short of
breath. They may also experience wheezing due to the
blockages in the lungs.
Women tend to become more
susceptible to lung infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis. The presence of the cancer cells cut down on the ability of the lungs
to fight infection and they can therefore develop these problems.
As the tumor grows and expands in
the lungs, it can cause pain or discomfort. The chronic
coughing caused by the cancer growth can also increase the level of pain or
discomfort. If this occurs, contact your doctor
immediately to have this checked into further.
A feeling of fatigue and weakness
can occur. In addition many patients lose their appetite
and do not eat properly. This leads to weight loss and
Lung cancer patients may also notice
that their voice has changed. It may sound hoarse due to
the presence of the cancer cells. As the tumor continues
to grow, it can interfere with the voice box and affect the volume and quality of the
Other symptoms can vary widely and
may include memory loss, vision loss, difficulty in swallowing, facial swelling and
others. Women tend to also show mood changes and
If any of these signs
are noticed, it is best to get things checked out by a medical professional. If the cancer is diagnosed, there are many kinds of treatment depending on the
severity and stage of the cancer. Surgery is often applied to
remove cancerous tissue. However many kinds of cancer cannot be
treated in this way so chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be applied.
cases where the cancer has advanced to other parts of the body, the treatment may be largely focused on trying
to control the cancer rather than curing it. And a key objective is
to bring the best quality of life to the patient for as long as possible.