- A woman goes to the ER with shoulder pain and is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
- Doctors said it had not spread to her shoulder, but to her spine, ribs and adrenal gland.
- Doctors believe one The tumors It caused pain in her shoulder in the spine.
A woman who went to the emergency room with shoulder pain was diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to other parts of her body and died 25 days later, according to the report.
The 76-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, first experienced pain in her left shoulder, arm and elbow several weeks before seeking ER care.
Not long after, she experienced the same pain on her right side, ER doctors in Newark, New Jersey wrote in a report published in the journal. Cureus Journal of Medical Sciences On September 2.
The woman’s cancer has not spread to her shoulder, but the doctors believe that her pain was caused by one of the cancers in her spine.
The woman smoked, but not enough to meet the criteria for lung cancer screening
In America, Adenocarcinoma It accounts for 40 percent of lung cancer cases. smoking Cigarettes It is associated with this type of cancer but is also the most common cause of lung cancer. Non-smokers. The average age of diagnosis is 71 years, and it is very rare before the age of 20.
The woman was a former smoker who had smoked the equivalent of one pack a day for five years, meaning she did not meet the criteria for a lung cancer diagnosis, the report said.
Adults aged 50 to 80 who have smoked the equivalent of a pack per day for 20 years and have smoked or have quit within the past 15 years are eligible for testing. According to the US Defense Services Task Force.
The doctors said that the cancer had progressed because she did not show many symptoms, which delayed the diagnosis and made it difficult to control.
Advanced lung cancer can cause coughing and breathing problems
According to the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, Most people with lung adenocarcinoma do not experience symptoms in the early stages of the disease.
As the disease progresses, symptoms may include: chest pain, persistent cough, fatigue, coughing up blood, loss of appetite, Unexpected weight lossand difficulty breathing.
A study In a family of lung cancers called adenocarcinomas, they found that the most common symptoms of the disease were cough and shortness of breath. Most people with these symptoms are diagnosed with adenocarcinoma that has spread to other parts of the body, he said.
Lung cancer treatment depends on how far the cancer has spread at the time of diagnosis, and may include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
The woman in the case was hospitalized and treated with steroids and radiotherapy.
She died 25 days after being admitted to the hospital due to “severe progression” of her cancer, doctors wrote.