Lung cancer is one of the dreadful diseases prevailing among the human population around the world. It is easy for an individual to get cured once the disease has been detected at the earliest possible time.
But the occurrence of early symptom of lung cancer is questionable. When symptoms occur, the cancer is often advanced. The first and foremost early symptom of lung cancer is coughing up blood or haemoptysis.
As we discussed above, the early symptom of lung cancer is haemoptysis (coughing up blood). You should consider this early symptom of lung cancer as a warning sign of a cancer, which might be curable.
In case if you come across blood during coughing up, you should immediately contact your GP for getting necessary advice, particularly if you are a person above 400 years with smoking habit. Sometimes the early symptom of lung cancer may be due to the effects of secondary tumor somewhere else in the body.
The common early symptoms of lung cancer are: –
- Persistent pain in the chest or elsewhere, (possibly from the cancer spreading to a bone).
- Excessive fatigue.
- Worsening breathlessness.
- Chronic cough.
- Weight loss & loss of appetite
- Pyrexia of unknown origin
- Chest pain
The above symptoms also being the symptoms of many other lung problems, so it is always advisable to see a physician to ascertain the cause. Once you entered the doctors cabin, he will put forth numerous questions about your medical history, including questions about your accidental or incidental exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Your physician will subject you for physical examination after inception of the early symptom of the lung cancer. If you are suffering from persistent cough with sputum (mucus), you may be asked to give a sample of your sputum for the presence of cancer cells. In addition to this your doctor will order a specialized X-ray including CT scan or simple chest X-ray for easy location of the abnormal spots in your lung.
Your health care professional may use bronchoscope to examine your lungs including airways, and will take sample, or biopsy, of the tumor using the bronchoscope itself. The bronchoscope will be inserted into ones lung through either nostrils or mouth. This is one of the several ways in which the doctor collects the biopsy sample after seeing the early symptom of the lung cancer.
Most of the physicians are most likely use a modern CT scan in smokers to identify lung cancers of smaller size, which can be treated and cured easily than the large sized lung cancer. The method called helical-low dose CT scan has been used extensively to spot small sized cancers.
Once you have been observed with the early symptom of lung cancer and also confirmative diagnosis of lung cancer, your physician will do numerous tests to find out whether the cancer has put its feet in various regions of your body. These details will help your physician to ascertain the palliative treatment for improving your health.
An MRI, a bone scans and CT scan are the common tests to find out the metastasis stage of your lung cancer after observing the early symptom of lung cancer.
Top Image: Nephron CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons. Micrograph of small cell carinoma of the lung.