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A range of symptoms can suggest small cell lung cancer:

  • A persistent cough

  • Coughing up blood

  • Shortness of breath or wheezing

  • Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Pain in the chest, shoulder, or arm

  • Bone pain

  • Hoarseness

  • Headaches, confusion, or seizures

  • Swelling of the face, neck or arms

  • Noticeable or bulging veins on the chest and neck

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