Lung cancer complications are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are caused by the disease. In a lot of cases the difference between symptoms of and complications of the disease is unclear or arbitrary. The complications perhaps because of the disease itself or a side effect of one of the treatments
Lung cancer can lead to some complications, for instance:
* Shortness of breath. People with cancer of lung can experience shortness of breath if cancer develops to block the main airways.
* Coughing up blood. The disease can lead to bleeding in the airway, which can make you to cough up blood (hemoptysis).
* Pain. Advanced lung cancer that extends to the lining of the lung or to another part of the body can lead to pain.
* Fluid in the chest (pleural effusion). It can lead to fluid to build up in the space that surrounds the lungs in the chest cavity (pleural space).
* Cancer that spreads to other parts of the body (metastasis). It frequently spreads (metastasizes) to other areas of the body – most usually the opposite lung, bones, brain, liver and adrenal glands. Cancer that extends can cause pain, headaches, nausea, or other signs and symptoms relying on what organs are affected.
* Death. Unluckily, survival rates for people diagnosed with the disease are very low. In the majority cases, the disease is deadly.
The complications of lung cancer complications rely on the type, size, position within the lung, and spread of the cancer. A tumour can lead to a blockage of one of the major breathing tubes, causing collapse of area of the lung, or a increase of fluid in the lung cavity possibly will develop.
Spread of the cancer to the bones or pressure on nerves from the tumour can lead to pain, and several kinds of lung cancer generate hormones which can lead to many uncommon symptoms, like flushing and diarrhoea.