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How does non-small cell cancer affect the body?

The symptoms of non-small cell cancer, including a cough, shortness of breath, headaches, loss of appetite, and chest or bone pain, are all caused by a growing tumor that is interfering with how your lungs function. Additionally, lung cancer can cause your airways to bleed, resulting in you coughing up blood. It can also allow fluid to build up in your lungs in a condition known as pleural effusion. If the cancer metastasizes, or spreads to other areas of the body, it can cause damage to your other internal organs. Lung cancer is also a very deadly form of cancer, so it is important to seek treatment right away if you think you may have it.

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