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Readers Respond: What Symptoms Led to Your Diagnosis of Lung Cancer?

Responses: 22


Updated January 25, 2015

Bronchitis every year

Mom had asthma as a kid. Most every year for the past 10 years or so she would get either bronchitis, pneumonia, the flu or some other type of lung infection. We didn't think much of it. She also has had "migranes" and headaches for many years. She gave herself shots, tried all kinds of pain killers, diets, etc and nothing worked. Finally after a 3 week headache that would not go away, the doc did a scan and found brain tumors. Then they found the stage 4 non small cell lung cancer. Chemo made her so sick that she is now in hospice. She smoked a pack a day for at least 20 years, and Dad smoked 2 packs a day. She doesnt really seem short of breath, just kind of half there mentally. What a horrible disease to die of.....

Lung Cancer The Silent Killer

There are no nerves in the lung, so that is why it is not only called the silent killer, but why so many people do not know they have it until too late. My husband had NO cough, but did have weight loss. unfortunately he had another problem that we thought caused the weight loss. He was also greatly fatigued, but at age 80 thought it was just age related. The tumor went thru the lung & into the back shoulder blade area. Only then did he have pain, felt while exercising in his shoulder area. I beg everyone who has smoked for many years to have a chest X-ray for lung cancer...especially when moving and getting a new doctor. This simple x-ray can save your life. My husband smoked 3 packs a day for almost 40 years!! After quitting he never got a chest X-ray which would have saved his life. By the time he had a chest X-ray the lung tumor was 2 inches long!! Although the surgery was successful, multiple pneumonia's set in & he died on a ventilator 4 months later.

gaining respect

My dad is 60 and was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. He had the same similiar symptons , the coughing, shortness of breath, and was given an inhaler. Finally after being told he had pneumonia and doing a chest xray, they discovered my dad had lung cancer. My dad is being strong, I know he is in for the fight for his life. As long as you have life there is hope and chance to win this fight, that's what we all have to remember. My dad has my respect he is giving it all he's got.
—Guest mykee

Back pain, weight loss, Breathlessness

My father, 64yo, was recently diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung, stage 4. Mets to spine, possibly liver (CT showed spots on liver). He had been treated for back pain for the past year, being told everything from arthritis to slipped disc. He was losing weight, but according to him, the pain medication for his back made him nauseated, so the weight loss was easily discounted. Then last came the shortness of breath, had a chest xray, which revealed a pleural effusion on the right side, a mass on the lower left lung, and bilateral pulmonary emboli. Effusion was drained only to return in a couple of weeks. The fluid they drained is where the diagnosis came from. Getting ready to start chemo and radiation, even though the Dr.'s have said there is no cure, but it might lenghthen his life. Hopefully it will, I am not ready to loose my daddy:(
—Guest Livie

lung cancer

My name is Tina, my story is for my sister's husband 41 yrs old. He was diagnosed with stage 4 non small cell lung cancer, He never smoked, lives a good life, and has three kids. His symptoms: chest pain, cough and some shortness of breath. His family doctor gave him a poffer {an inhaler that may be used for illnesses such as asthma}-- this lasted a year, When his dad died from prostate cancer, is when he went back to his doctor and demanded an X-ray - there was spots and a biopsy was done and it came back as lung cancer. He had three sets of chemo and was told the chemo is not working so he got a different type of chemo and after three sets he was told the same thing. IT NOT WORKING. Now he has to take one a day pills. It's been 7 months and still having a hard time accepting it. Things are so hard not only for him but also for his family.
—Guest Tina

chest pain and fatigue

I was having some chest pain off and on and also fatigue. I attributed these symptoms to stress and depression as my sister was diagnosed with lung cancer 6 months prior. I finally went to the Dr at the urging of my husband. She did multiple tests including a chest xray. On the xray they found a 2.5cm "spot". I then had a ct scan and it showed that the cancer was also in my lymph nodes, mediastinum and several large tumors in my liver. Needless to say it was quite shocking because I am only 41 years old. I was diagnosed 3 months ago and am doing well so far. The Drs, however, dont hold out much hope for survival past a few months. I have a lot of faith in God so I do my best to not think about what the Drs say. I have much left to do

Leg pain

I was just about to start my vacation when my calf muscle started to hurt. I thought it was a sprain and did not think anything about it for a while. It started to swell up and my wife got on me to go get it checked out. I went to the ER and the next thing i know they tell me i have blood clots in my leg. I am 47 years old and did not expect that then they told me i had to be admitted to hospital. The doctor told me they needed to do x rays of my lungs to see if i had any blood clots in my lungs. The next day the doctor came in and told me yes i did have blood clots on my lungs but they had also found a spot on my lungs and what looked like 2 tumors on my adrenal glands on top of my kidneys. The following day they did a biopsy of the tumor on my lungs. I had to wait 2 days before the doctor came back and told me i had stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. It took a few days for it to sink in but now i have accepted it and have put god first in my life.
—Guest Levi

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