What Does Lung Cancer Feel Like?

The most common symptoms of lung cancer are: A cough that does not go away or gets worse.

Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm) Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing.

What does lung cancer feel like when it starts?

When lung cancer does cause signs in its early stages, they may vary from person to person but commonly include: A new cough that is persistent or worsens, or a change in an existing chronic cough. Cough that produces blood. Pain in the chest, back or shoulders that worsens during coughing, laughing or deep breathing.

Where does lung cancer hurt?

In lung cancer patients, acute pain is often felt in the chest and lumbar (lower back) regions of the body. Approximately 20% of patients with lung cancer present with chest pain at diagnosis, and pain increases in severity as lung cancer advances, with patients at later stages of the disease experiencing more pain.

What does lung pain feel like?

Symptoms indicating a lung problem

chest pain, particularly chest pain that radiates down the left arm. coughing up blood. lips or fingernails that are bluish in tint, which can indicate that a person is not getting enough oxygen. shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

How do you know if there’s something wrong with your lungs?

Wheezing: Noisy breathing or wheezing is a sign that something unusual is blocking your lungs’ airways or making them too narrow. Chronic chest pain: Unexplained chest pain that lasts for a month or more—especially if it gets worse when you breathe in or cough—also is a warning sign.