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How Does Lung Cancer Affect Your Health?

Lung cancer can affect your overall health in a number of ways. Some of the most common respiratory symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic coughing (sometimes producing blood or abnormally colored mucus or phlegm)
  • Wheezing
  • Hoarseness
  • Pain in your chest, shoulders or back

Lung cancer can also cause repeated bouts of bronchitis or pneumonia. Additionally, if lung cancer spreads to other areas of your body (metastasizes), it may also cause:

  • Unexplained fever
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Jaundice
  • Swelling in the neck, collarbone area or armpits
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Decreased pupil size
  • Reduced appetite
  • Weight loss

It’s also important to mention the effect that lung cancer can have on your mental health. After receiving a lung cancer diagnosis, you might feel anxious or depressed. And if metastasis occurs, you might experience memory loss and other neurological problems.

Get the help you need at Moffitt

If you’re concerned that you have lung cancer, or if you’ve already received a lung cancer diagnosis and want to know more about your treatment options, you can turn to the experts in Moffitt Cancer Center’s Thoracic Oncology Program. We diagnose and treat all types of lung cancer, including rare malignancies, and we offer the latest advances in treatment. Our team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, pulmonologists, pathologists, radiologists, pain management specialists and supportive care specialists, all of whom follow a highly individualized approach to treatment.

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of the specialists at Moffitt Cancer Center, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online.