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History and Symptoms
- Specific areas of focus when obtaining the history are outlined below:
- Previous or current lung disease, such as:
- Several patient factors may influence the likelihood of a benign versus a malignant condition; these include previous exposure to smoke or other carcinogens such as asbestos, and previously diagnosed cancer or respiratory infections.
- A patient with airway symptoms, especially hemoptysis, is more likely to have cancer compared to a patient with no respiratory symptoms.
- Symptoms that suggest lung cancer include:
Symptoms of Paraneoplastic Syndromes
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