Lung cancer is a serious illness and it kills more than million people each year. It kills more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and colon cancer combined. However, lung cancer can become worse when it metastasizes (spreads) to other parts of the body.
If a lung cancer patient’s cancer spreads, it reduces his/her chance of survival. Sadly, less than two percent of metastatic lung cancer patients can live more than five years after they are diagnosed.
If you have lung cancer, how can you tell if you have metastasized lung cancer or not?
If your lung cancer has spread to the brain, you may experience nausea, severe headaches, blurred vision, seizures, ataxia, vomiting and confusion. If your lung cancer has spread to the spinal cord, you may experience, back pain, sensory loss, weakness in the lower limbs, bowel/bladder dysfunction and impaired motor/sensory function in the lower limbs. If your lung cancer has spread to the bones, you may experience, severe bone pain and fractured bones. If your lung cancer has spread to the liver, you may experience, nausea, weight loss, fever and loss of appetite.
If your symptoms have changed or worsened, talk to your doctor immediately. He/she can take MRIs and X-rays to determine if your cancer has metastasized. Always keep your doctor in the know with how you’re feeling. You want to catch any changes early.
Schedule an Appointment with a Tampa Robotic Lung Surgeon
If you’re in the early stages of lung cancer, there’s a good change you are a candidate for lung cancer surgery. Dr. Peter Mikhail is one of the best lung cancer surgeons in the Tampa area and, if you are a suitable candidate, will perform robotic lung surgery to remove your cancer.
To learn more about robotic lung surgery, click Dr. Mikhail’s Tampa Robotic Lung Surgery page or call his office at 727-312-4844 to book an appointment or for more information. Dr. Mikhail has offices in Tampa and New Port Richey, Florida.