Signs and symptoms

The symptoms of lung cancer may include:

  • a continuing cough, or change in a cough you have had for a long time
  • becoming breathless and wheezy
  • coughing up phlegm (sputum) with signs of blood in it
  • chest or shoulder pain
  • loss of appetite and weight loss
  • a chest infection that does not get better
  • a hoarse voice
  • a dull ache or sharp pain when you cough or take a deep breath
  • difficulty swallowing
  • feeling extremely tired (fatigue) and lethargic
  • the ends of fingers becoming larger or looking more rounded (clubbing)
  • swelling of lymph nodes (glands) in the neck area

If you have any of the above symptoms for more than three weeks, it is important to have them checked by your GP.

Do not delay visiting your GP. If it is lung cancer, early diagnosis and treatment could save your life.


If your GP thinks you have symptoms that could be caused by lung cancer, they will refer you to a respiratory consultant for a chest x-ray. GPs can order an x ray.
There is also a rapid access clinic in the Trust, where your GP can make an urgent referral to the respiratory consultant.