We all know that one of the symptoms of lung cancer is having a cough that doesn't go away after a few weeks, and that RCLCF encourages folk with this or other symptoms, to get it checked out. I'm not very good at taking advice, but I do know that the Foundation's advice is always GOOD!
Having had NSCLC twelve years ago, I get a wee bit concerned if I get a pain in the wrong place, or a cough that lasts a while. So, in mid-December, I started coughing. After a few weeks, I was just a tiny bit concerned, so visited my GP. He gave me a course of antibiotics but it didn't move the cough. So I got a wee bit more concerned.
I got another course of antibiotics then a chest X-ray. Nothing serious showed up. I had FOUR courses of antibiotics - and still had the cough. My GP sent my x-ray and a report to the respiratory clinic. I got a phone call from the GP last week, to say that there was nothing cancer-related in my lung, and the clinic had removed me from their 'urgent' list to their 'see you sometime' list. Good news!
This blog is simply to let you know that just because you have a cough of some other symptom, doesn't mean it's going to be bad news. It just means - get it checked. Today is my 69th birthday. I didn't expect to see my 58th!
Best wishes to all. Bill