When lung cancer is detected in its early stages and patients receive care at a community hospital, treatments are more likely to be effective. Unfortunately, most cases of lung cancer do not result in symptoms until the latter stages of the disease. When symptoms are observable, they may include a persistent, worsening cough. The cough may produce blood or phlegm. Hoarseness, shortness of breath, fatigue, and wheezing may also indicate lung cancer. Other possible symptoms can include loss of appetite, weight loss, and chest pain that may worsen with activities such as laughing, coughing, or deep breathing. Individuals with lung cancer may be diagnosed with pneumonia, bronchitis, or similar infections that may recur.
When lung cancer spreads, or metastasizes, it can lead to other symptoms. These symptoms can vary widely, depending on the area of the body that is affected. For example, if the cancer spreads to the liver, the patient can suffer from jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin and eyes. Some lung cancer patients may suffer from bone pain and they may notice lumps beneath the skin. Dizziness, balance problems, and seizures may develop as a result of the disease spreading to the brain or spinal cord.
The healthcare providers of Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas provide personalized, compassionate care. You can call our community hospital at (702) 880-2100 and speak with a registered nurse.