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Signs & Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms

December 13, 2021
Emily Cassidy, MD
Emily Cassidy, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Most lung cancers are asymptomatic, particularly at their earlier stages. However, depending on the location and how advanced the tumor is at the time of diagnosis, it can present with symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, cough, coughing up of blood, weight loss, and chest wall pain. That being the case, patients are typically surprised if they are found incidentally to have a lung nodule that’s concerning for early stage cancer, patients are often surprised and feel like “I can’t have lung cancer. I have no symptoms.” This is a myth. Early stage lung cancer is almost always asymptomatic. This is why screening is so important.