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A sign is something that can be observed and recognized by a doctor or healthcare professional (for example, a rash). A symptom is something that only the person experiencing it can feel and know (for example, pain or tiredness). The signs and symptoms of lung cancer can also be caused by other health conditions. It is important to have any unusual symptoms checked by a doctor.
Signs and symptoms of lung cancer include:
Late signs and symptoms occur as the cancer grows larger or spreads to other parts of the body, including other organs.
A paraneoplastic syndrome is a group of symptoms that occurs when substances released by cancer cells affect the normal function of other organs or tissues. Small cell lung cancer causes paraneoplastic syndromes more often than non–small cell lung cancer (the most common type of lung cancer).
The paraneoplastic syndromes most often seen with non–small cell lung cancer are:
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