Lung cancer is the second most deadly cancer in men and women, and the American Cancer Society estimates that by 2021, 131,880 people will die from lung cancer alone. The incidence of this disease is also surprisingly high, with 1 in 15 men and 1 in 17 women developing lung cancer in their lifetime.
Unfortunately, diagnosing lung cancer can be difficult because symptoms occur only in the advanced stages of the disease. "Many lung cancer patients report a delayed diagnosis of their disease, which can contribute to the advanced stages of diagnosis and poor long-term survival," Journal said. A study published in of Thoracic Disease states. For this reason, it is essential to know the signs so that you can get the help you need when they appear. One of the specific symptoms visible may indicate a rare but serious type of lung cancer that is considered to be particularly aggressive. Read on to find out what weird eye symptoms to look for and what to do if you suspect a problem.
1. A drooping or weak eyelid may indicate a lung tumor.
According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), sagging or weak eyelids may indicate a rare form of lung cancer called a Pancoast tumor. This type of tumor is found in the upper part of the lung, called the apical part, and often spreads to nerves, chest ribs, blood vessels, lymph nodes, and upper vertebrae as it grows.
In particular, pancoast tumors tend to affect the neural pathways that connect the brain to the eyes and face, causing a series of symptoms known as Horner's syndrome. In addition to hanging the eyelids, patients often have small pupils in the affected eye and sweat little or no on the affected side of the face.
Mayo Clinic may experience other eye symptoms such as "sunk eyes", pupils not completely disappearing in dark places, "reverse eyelid ptosis", and slightly raised lower eyelids on one side. I add that there is.
2. This is caused by changes in the sympathetic nervous system.
The Mayo Clinic explains that these symptoms occur because a tumor or other underlying cause can damage the sympathetic nervous system. This important system often plays a role in regulating the body's response to changes in the environment, such as sweating to lower body temperature during hot weather.
Patients with pancreatic tumors may find that their body is less responsive to these environmental changes. This can lead to abnormal blood pressure, heart rate, or sweating. By observing changes in these functions, it is possible to arrive at a diagnosis faster.
3. Horner's syndrome also has other root causes.
According to experts, if you notice symptoms of Horner's syndrome, you should look for lung damage. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, in addition to pancoast tumors, Horner's syndrome can also be the result of a stroke or spinal cord injury. In children, Horner's syndrome can occur as an underlying result of neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that affects the adrenal glands, spinal cord, neck, or breast.
There is no cure for Horner's syndrome, but treating tumors and other underlying causes can restore normal nerve function.
4. Be aware of other symptoms of Horner's syndrome.
The location of a pancoast tumor can cause another particular set of symptoms that can determine the diagnosis. "Because the cancer is in the upper part of the lungs, it can put pressure on a group of nerves that extend from the upper chest to the neck and arms. The group of nerves is called the brachial plexus," he explains. .. British Cancer Research Fund. His experts add that pressure on the brachial plexus is known for severe shoulder pain, affected arm pain, and weakness in the hands.
Regardless of other symptoms, if the signs of Horner's syndrome are accompanied by loss of vision, dizziness, lack of muscle control, or sudden pain in the head or neck, you should contact your doctor immediately.
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