What is Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is a type of cancer where there is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs. However, they do not carry out the normal functions of the lung cells and don’t develop into healthy lung tissue. They may form tumours which further interfere with the function of the lungs.
Symptoms of Lung Cancer
The symptoms of lung cancer can take years to develop therefore it is important to report any atypical physical feelings to a GP.
Symptoms you may notice:
- Pain in chest, shoulder or back – unrelated to pain from coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in voice
- Harsh sounds with each breath
- Regular issues with your lungs (bronchitis or pneumonia)
- Coughing up phlegm, mucus or blood.
Symptoms that occur elsewhere:
- Lack of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bones fractures not related to accidental injury
- Unsteady gait or memory loss
- Blood clots
Diagnosing Lung Cancer
If you are worried about the potential of lung cancer there are tests a doctor can refer you for to identify cancerous cells. There are a number of ways a patient can be tested for lung cancer. Initial testing will include a chest x-ray, CT Scan and blood tests. If a tumour is suspected, further tests will then assess whether it is lung cancer. These include sputum cytology, bronchoscopy, fine needle aspiration, Endobronchial ultrasound and many more.
If you are worried about possible symptoms or if you are wanting to speak to a health professional to get more information, book an online appointment with one of our Australian Registered GPs. Visit the Doctors on Demand website or download the app to book your online doctor appointment.