Lung cancer is often detected when medical professionals run imaging tests and spot a mass in the lungs. Cancer of this type can make it hard and nearly impossible to breathe, which means it can qualify as a disability, even while you are getting treatment and even if you will eventually recover.
While these medical tests are important, it is wise to note that you can see symptoms and signs long before you go to the doctor. With cancer, one the main goals is early detection, which makes it easier to treat and less likely to be fatal. You need to know what signs to watch for so that you know when to go to the doctor. Here are a few of the most common ones:
- You have a cough that lasts for weeks and will not go away on its own
- You have notice blood when coughing on at least one occasion
- Your weight has started falling for no other reason
- You struggle to breathe or feel like you can never get a deep breath
- Whenever you sneeze or cough, you feel an ache in your chest
- You get repeated chest infections that may go away and then return
- You experience a notable loss of appetite or loss of energy
- You’re just constantly fatigued, along with these other symptoms
Not all cases are the same, of course, but these are just examples of some symptoms you may see.
What options do you have?
If you do get a lung cancer diagnosis, it’s life-changing. Be sure you know what options you may have to use benefits to take care of some of the financial strain.