Lung Cancer, Secondary


Secondary lung cancer originates from a cancer that has started somewhere else in the body. Secondary lung cancer most commonly develops from primary cancer of the breast, large bowel (also known as colon and rectum), gullet (oesophagus), melanoma (belonging to the skin cancer group), bladder, testicle, kidney (renal cancer) and stomach.

Symptoms tend to mirror those of primary lung cancer.

Things to look out for

Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • A prolonged chest infection
  • A continuous cough or changes to a cough you have had for a long time
  • Changes to your voice, such as hoarseness
  • Coughing up blood
  • Weight loss and/or appetite loss
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Pain (sharp) if coughing or breathing in deeply