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Symptoms

All lung cancers, including adenocarcinoma, have similar symptoms. They include

  • a cough that doesn't go away

  • coughing up blood or mucus

  • wheezing

  • shortness of breath

  • trouble breathing

  • chest pain

  • fever

  • discomfort when swallowing

  • hoarseness

  • weight loss

  • poor appetite.

If the cancer has spread beyond the lungs, it can cause other symptoms. For example, you may have bone pain if it has spread to your bones.

Many of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions. See your doctor if you have symptoms so that the problem can be diagnosed and properly treated.

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