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How does cancer affect the respiratory system?
Transcript of How does cancer affect the respiratory system?
(You can breathe now)
Adaption of a chronic cough that won't go away.
Shortness of breath during activities
Pain or aching in your shoulders, back, chest, or arms.
Repeated Infections like Bronchitis and Pneumonia
Declines in your general health
What does it feel like?
When you have lung cancer, it can start anywhere in the lungs and may affect any part of the respiratory system. And when you do have lung cancer there are problems you may face, like:
Pleural effusion, which is when fluid builds up between the outer lining of the lungs and chest wall.
Coughing up large amounts of bloody sputum
Collapsing of a lung (pneumothorax)
Blockage of your airway
Recurrent infections like pneumonia
Pericardial effusion, when there is fluid buildup in the space between the heart and the sac around the heart (pericardium). This condition is not very common with lung cancer. ^^^^
How this is affecting your respiratory system.
The respiratory system is important to the circulatory system which means when a part of the lungs are damaged, or missing, it affects the entire body. Cancer affects your respiratory system by affecting the response and exchanges of gases such as carbon dioxide and oxygen. When or if this occurs, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fatigue may occur.
You have lung cancer.
By Maddie & Andra
How does cancer affect your respiratory system
The Respiratory System
A system that's involved in the action of inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, using the lungs.
"It hurts a ton all the time and progressively gets worse and makes you terribly weak and you eventually start to spend less and less time with other people and you start to feel like a bad person"
You vs. Cancer