Posted in: Lung Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
Lung cancer, as compared to any other cancer kills more women in a year. There are mainly two types of lung cancer - non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Lung cancer is caused by smoking, second-hand smoke, exposure to certain toxins and family history.
Why keep a check on yourself?
Who better than yourself to keep a check on your own body? You should be the first to know when something is wrong because a doctor will only diagnose you either when you notice the early symptoms of an illness or after the occurrence of an aggressively drastic symptom.
In the case of lung cancer, knowing the early stage symptoms is a grave requirement for one’s life. The 7 symptoms of lung cancer need to thus be brought to light.
1. Shortness of breath
In normal cases, this only happens when we exert ourselves in any activity but if simple activities like getting out of bed can make you lose your breath then this would be something to worry about.
2. Feeling of fatigue
Feeling too tired and exhausted all the time? This could be because your body is using up the spare energy to heal your progressively ailing self.
3. Constant coughing
Visit the doctor if you haven’t stopped coughing for quite some time. Since coughing is your body’s natural reaction to an irritation in your respiratory system, it might indicate that the irritation is not going to stop anytime soon.
4. Back and shoulder pain
Sharp aches and pain around the shoulder blades can indicate that something is amiss. Women are prone to Adenocarcinoma, a type of cancer that grows outside the lungs, leading to applied pressure on the ribs and spine.
5. Hoarse voice and trouble swallowing
Sudden hoarseness might be due to cancer spreading from your respiratory tract to your vocal cords. This would make your vocal cords irritable and inflamed leading to hoarseness and scratchiness.
You would also constantly experience swelling and inflammation in your respiratory tract and this will make it difficult to swallow.
6. Weight loss
Don’t count yourself lucky if you unexpectedly find yourself losing weight. This is because if you are losing weight faster than usual, even while eating more than you can; it definitely causes for concern.
When your body is in discomfort, your body fat will burn off faster and you will have less of an appetite for building new ones.
7. Chest pain
Persistent pain in one spot in your ribs is an alarming sign. Consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Symptoms that later persist include coughing (often with blood), chest pain, wheezing and weight loss. These symptoms appear in most cases only after cancer has advanced to a critical stage. Lung cancer treatment may vary in terms of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted drug therapy, and immunotherapy; all treatments being available in India.
Immunotherapy is known to be a beneficial lung cancer treatment, which is practiced at the well-renowned Dr. Krishna’s Cancer HealerCenter. Dr. Tarang Krishna heads the cancer specialist hospital in Delhi. Known to be one of the leading cancer treatment centers, this alternative therapy will benefit the patient suffering from any form of cancer by targeting only the cancer cells, no matter what stage.