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Identifying Symptoms Quickly is the Best Weapon against Lung Cancer


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1/17/2011
Jeffrey H. Dover
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Lung cancer develops and grows so silently, so it often goes unnoticed until it has reached its advanced stages. Symptoms usually don’t appear in the earliest stages, so once they do, there is little time to waste in getting an official diagnosis and reviewing the available treatment options. Some of those symptoms are directly related to the functioning of the lungs, and some may originate in other parts of the body.

Some common signs and symptoms of lung cancer are:

• A persistent cough, especially one that gets progressively worse (most common)
• Coughing up blood
• Persistent chest pains
• Changes in the voice, most notably hoarseness
• Frequent bouts of lung conditions such as pneumonia or bronchitis
• Being short of breath more than normal, and other problems breathing
• Feeling tired more often than normal
• Noticeable weight loss with no apparent cause
• Having trouble swallowing (dysphagia)
• Swelling in the neck or face
• Loss of appetite
• Fluid accumulating in the lungs

There are other symptoms associated with lung cancer when it has spread to distant organs, such as feelings of weakness or numbness, difficulty walking, bone pain and impaired vision.
Once a lung cancer diagnosis has been made, there are a wide range of options for managing the symptoms associated with the cancer, whether it’s handling pain, fatigue, breathing difficulties or any other symptom.

There are many different lung cancer risk factors which can contribute to the development of the disease, and if you are at increased risk, you should be especially vigilant of any possible lung cancer symptoms which may arise.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung and bronchus cancer in Georgia and feel it was discovered late due to an error on the part of your doctor, please request a copy of our free book, I Have Cancer...Should It Have Been Caught Earlier?, or contact an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice and lung cancer lawyer at the Dover Law Firm at 770-518-1133 to arrange a free consultation to discuss your case.


Category: Failure to Diagnose Cancer


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