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Lung cancer symptoms - breathing (respiratory) problems

People with lung cancer may experience trouble breathing. Respiratory symptoms associated with lung cancer include shortness of breath (dyspnea), collapsed lung (atelectasis, pneumothorax), wheezing, recurring infections like pneumonia and bronchitis and blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolism). 

Learn about breathing problems as symptoms of lung cancer

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath (dyspnea) (Lung Cancer Alliance)

Dyspnea and coughing during advanced cancer (National Cancer Institute)

Struggling to breathe: tips for handling dypsnea (Broward Health)

Shortness of breath (Mayo Clinic)

Collapsed Lung (Atelectasis & Pneumothorax)

What is atelectasis? (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)

Collapsed lung (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

Pneumothorax (Canadian Lung Association)


Wheezing (Medline Plus)


Pneumonia (Medline Plus)

Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Pulmonary embolism (Mayo Clinic)

What is pulmonary embolism (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)

Pulmonary embolism (WebMD)

About DVT (Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis)