Small Cell Lung Cancer Symptoms

Due to its aggressive characteristic, small cell lung cancer is rarely asymptomatic; it is often associated with a variety of symptoms. Small cell lung cancer tends to cause cough, f atigue and anorexia. With times, however, other symptoms can emerge, which vary depending on tissue affected.

Symptoms due to primary tumor

  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • Coughing up of blood or of blood-stained sputum (hemoptysis).

When the cancer has reached surrounding organs/tissues, it can provoke: 

  • wheezing, due to compression of the trachea and mainstem bronchi;
  • superior vena cava obstruction
  • harsh, raspy, or strained voice (hoarseness)
  • phrenic nerve palsy
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), due to compression of esophagus.

Symptoms associated with distant metastases can include: 

  • neurological dysfunction, due to brain metastasis, spinal cord compression
  • bone pain, due to bone metastasis
  • Abdominal/right upper quadrant pain, due to liver metastasis.

Small Cell Lung Cancer Risk Factors                          Small Cell Lung Cancer Complications

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