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Lung Cancer and Back Pain
Are They Related?

When you have lung cancer and back pain, the two may be associated, because lung cancer can cause back pain. There are other causes of back pain, but if you're having unexplained pain in your upper or low back and think you may have lung cancer you need to see your doctor and be evaluated.

"it may mean that your cancer is advancing or getting worse"

If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer and you're having back pain you should discuss it with your doctor. Knowing your medical history he can discuss what having back pain, may or may not, mean to you.

When you have lung cancer and back pain, it may mean that your cancer is advancing or getting worse. In other cases it may be just a symptom of your lung cancer. Your doctor can prescribe pain medication and explain the implications of your pain.

Lung Cancer and Back Pain my be Related

"unexplained back pain and other symptoms of lung cancer"

If you have not been diagnosed with lung cancer, but you're having unexplained back pain and other symptoms of lung cancer such as:

  • Chronic cough
  • Recurrent pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
  • Hoarseness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Swelling of the neck or face

It is important that you see your doctor as soon as possible. He can examine you and order the appropriate tests to find out if you do have lung cancer and what is causing your symptoms.

"lung cancer can cause back pain"

Back pain and lung cancer may occur together, because lung cancer can cause back pain. This may occur by metastatic spread, pressure from a tumor, or direct invasion of the spine.

Metastatic lung cancer may cause back pain when the cancer cells are spread through the blood stream or through lymphatic channels and seed a cancer in the back or spine. This is how lung cancer metastasizes to the bones of the spine.

"push on nerves or other structures in the spine"

A lung cancer tumor may cause back pain when it grows large enough to push on nerves or other structures in the spine.

Lung cancer may also cause back pain by spreading from the lung directly into the space for the nerves or bones of the spine.

Lung cancer and back pain may occur together. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer and begin having back pain discuss it with your doctor. He can explain your pain and tell you what it means as well as treat your pain with pain medication.


"think about the other symptoms of lung cancer"

If you have not been diagnosed with lung cancer and you begin having unexplained back pain you need to think about the other symptoms of lung cancer. If you are having unexplained back pain and any other symptoms of lung cancer you must see your doctor immediately.

Ignoring the symptoms will not make them go away, and delaying treatment can eliminate any chance of a cure.


Maybe this will also help:

American Cancer Society

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