Signs and symptoms

For the last five months, people with a cough have followed the Government’s ‘stay at home’ message. Whilst this was essential to stop the spread of coronavirus, it is essential people now feel able to go to their doctor if the cough persists, or if it is accompanied by other common lung cancer symptoms, such as breathlessness, unexplained tiredness, coughing up blood or weight loss – even if they live in an area under a local lockdown.

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A cough doesn’t just mean Covid

A cough is now so overtly linked to Covid, but it is really important that people understand a persistent cough that last three weeks or more, or a cough that changes or gets worse can both be signs of lung cancer. Anne had a cough – on and off – for nearly four years and is now living with late stage lung cancer. She wishes she had been more insistent with her doctor and pushed for more tests.

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If someone has lung cancer, you’d think they must have a cough. I didn’t. My only symptom was a croaky voice.

Andrew, underwent lung cancer surgery in November 2018


If you are experiencing lung cancer symptoms, have just been diagnosed or are undergoing treatment, we are still here to help and support you. Our Ask the Nurse service, online forum and wide range of free literature can help you better understand your diagnosis and the treatments available, whilst our patient grant scheme can help alleviate some of the financial pressure than can come with being diagnosed with lung cancer.

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Nicky on the helpline was my rock and her advice was nothing short of brilliant. No internet search would have come up with her answers but, more importantly, no internet search would have provided me with the amount of encouragement, calm and level-headedness that Nicky did.

Larissa, Ask the Nurse service user

Lung cancer is still here: Dipti’s story

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Knowing what I know now about #lungcancer, as soon as that weight loss happened, we shouldn’t have just listened to my Dad saying it’s just diet. He’s never lost weight, what were we thinking?”

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I am still here: Debra’s story

I know it’s scary getting the diagnosis, but getting the diagnosis is better than sitting there worrying about it and not knowing. Not knowing won’t change it, it will still be there. Knowing about it and getting started on treatment earlier gives you a much better prognosis. You can live a good life even at Stage 4 lung cancer. You can have a very good life and many years of it.

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