Arm, shoulder and neck pain
This is usually caused by the lung tumor at the top of the lungs (the so-called Pancoast tumor). Other symptoms include weakening of the hand due to the pressure on the nerve that stimulates the arm.
Another early symptom of lung cancer are headaches.
Headaches can be caused by lung cancer, especially when the lung tumor compresses the large veins, or superior vena cava, blocking blood flow in the brain from flowing back to the heart.
However, this headache is typically accompanied by facial swelling, redness, and shortness of breath. If all these are present, consult your physician immediately.
What is Stage 1 lung cancer?
Lung cancer happens when cells in the lungs mutate into abnormal cells.
There are different types of lung cancer, each with its own characteristics. Some grow much faster than the others. Early detection and avoiding risk factors is the key to preventing this disease.
If you have symptoms suggesting lung cancer, your doctor will conduct an examination and order additional tests, including blood works, chest X-rays or scans. Further tests may be required, depending on the results of these scans.
Now once you have consulted your doctor and you are diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer what exactly do you need to prepare for?
Once lung cancer is diagnosed, the next step is called staging. This process involves measuring the size of the lung tumor, determining its exact location and checking for evidence that it has spread. Through this process, a patient is either classified as early stage or advanced stage.
Stage 1 non-small cell lung cancer denotes that cancer has been detected in the lungs, but it has not yet spread outside the infected area.
To put it plainly, Stage 1 non-small cell lung cancer denotes that cancer has been detected in the lungs, but it has not yet spread outside the infected area. The non-small cell lung cancer has tumors that are invasive but have not yet reached any lymph nodes.