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The most common symptoms of both small cell and non-small cell lung cancer are coughing, chest pain and shortness of breath. However, any of the following symptoms may be signs of lung cancer or other lung disease and should be evaluated by a doctor.

  • A cough that doesn’t go away
  • Changes in a chronic or “smoker's cough" (more commonly seen in non-small cell cancer)
  • Breathing difficulty or shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort or pain
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing up blood—even a small amount
  • Hoarse voice
  • Appetite loss
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Feeling fatigued or overly tired

Contact Us

If you are concerned about lung cancer or other lung diseases, please contact your physician to discuss ways to reduce your risk and whether or not you should be screened for cancer. If you do not have a physician, you may request a first time appointment with a member of our thoracic oncology team by calling 312-695-3800 or call our Physician Referral Service at 1-877-926-4664. You may also request a first time appointment online.

Last UpdateJune 10, 2011


To make an appointment with a physician, please call 1-877-926-4664.

New patients can request an appointment online.