Symptoms of Lung Cancer & Emphysema

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Symptoms of lung cancer and emphysema include increased breathlessness, wheezing, coughing and increase mucus production. Find out why vital signs may be normal in a patient with lung cancer with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on respiratory therapy and healthy breathing.

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I'm going to speak to you, on the symptoms of lung cancer, and emphysema. Emphysema is chronic lung disease, COPD, and lung cancer of course, is cancer of the lung. Your symptoms would be, increased breathlessness or shortness of breath, wheezing, increased mucus production. It could be clear, it could be discolored, but you would have an increase in mucus production. Many times you will see, especially with lung cancer, they'll be coughing up blood. The vital signs may be more normal with cancer, than they would be with chronic pulmonary disease, in the early stages. The oxygen levels in COPD, would be more irregular and more abnormal, many times, than they would in lung cancer, because often, lung cancer patients have normal oxygen levels,especially at rest, for awhile. Increased tiredness, both of these disorders will cause increased tiredness, fatigue. Many times they'll be a history of a family having these diseases, and especially, if they have a history of smoking. Pollutants and things like that, that can increase breathlessness, can become very confusing to people that have emphysema and lung cancer, because they might just regard it as an allergy, but if it's persistent, you don't want to wait a long time to get a diagnosis. If you start having these disorders,and become weak with them, and very tired, and as I said, coughing and mucus production, and shortness of breath, you need to see your physician immediately.

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