Clubbed fingers

I have heard on here about clubbed fingers being an early signal of lung cancer. Do you know how true it is? Have any of you that have been diagnose have this condition? I was over seeing my mom today who has cancer and I noticed that my dad has been coughing more. Well I also looked at his fingers and low and behold their they were. They were definately clubbed. I told my mom that he needs to be seen. He said he would go (I didn't tell him what I know cause you never know) but he wants to wait for my mom to be stable and he could afford the copay. I am calling his doctor tomorrow to check on his insurance. Anyway am I being over paranoid because my mom has this?
Thanks
Paula

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How old are your parents? Maybe the clubbed fingers is from arthritis. I am stage IV nsclc and don't have that condition. I don't think you are being over paranoid. You are a concerned daughter. My daughter questions every little ache and pain I get and wants me to discuss it with my oncologist. She is a nurse and questions everything. You love your parents and want them to be around for a long time. Let us know what happens.

Hugs and Prayers coming your way.

Janet

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My dad is 66. My mom is 60. I read on here one day about it. Can't remember where. But when I did a google search it showed me to be a clear link between lung cancer and clubbed fingers. I am working on getting my dad to a doctor. I feel for your daughter as well. Prayers to you!
Paula

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I read 35% of NSCLC patients have cubbed fingers. I also found this:

It’s one of the first things they teach you at medical school,” explained Professor David Bonthron of the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine. “You shake the patient by the hand, and take a good look at their fingers in the process.” Lung cancer, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, various gastrointestinal diseases and many other conditions all result in finger clubbing. But exactly why swollen, reddened fingers should be an indicator of serious illness has remained a mystery – until now

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I CAN COMPLETELY relate!!! Only its the other way around for me. My mom is having pain in her back and shoulders and i am very worried about her. She also has a cough. My dad is actually the patient. I keep telling mom to get her butt to a doctor but she kept saying "when everything is okay with your dad" FINALLY TOday she went...... She had an exray and i am scared to find out what it says.
HUGS TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!

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I pray that you get good results. I am going to find out about my dads insurance. He needs to go. I only hope I can convince him.
Prayers to you!
Paula

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After your father has generated doctor/hospital bills, have a talk with each of them about their picking up the deductable and co-insurance costs. Plead poverty because it is true.

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I am 59 and when I saw a lung specialist before being diagnosed with LC he looked at my fingers. Checking on the internet, yes I have clubbed fingers in a mild way. Fingers are rounded but not thicker that usual. My onc later told me that this condition will stay.

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Clubbed fingers was the only sign that a friend of mine had. She went to the emergency room for something else and a doctor spotted the fingers and sent her for an x-ray and then a cat scan and they found the cancer.

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Thank you all for your input. I have looked at old photo's and scanned them to enlarge and my dad did not always have this. Now I am really concerned. I am going to talk to my mom later today. We need to get him in. I have looked at newer photos to compare and sure enough there is a change.
Thank you all!
Paula

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What do you have to lose? An early diagnosis is the best diagnosis! My sister was dxd in Oct 08 w/NSCLC stage 4. She had the clubbed fingers, which I had noticed a few months prior but never knew they could be an indicator of LC. We all were prodding her enough to get to the doc, due to her dry cough. What was really crazy about her, was she was experiencing chronic and worsening joint pain especially in her knees. She had gone to see her PCP about that, and we can't really blame him that he did not see that as a potential symptom of LC, months before the cough! Interesting enough now that she has had 4 chemo treatments even that pain has significantly subsided! You can't look back, but I would say look seriously at all possible indicators and get loved ones to good medical care asap.

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Yes I certainly agree. I can't believe my mom has stage 4 lung cancer and now it is an indicator that my dad could very well have it too. Its like WTF! THIS cannot be happening to me. I have been looking at pics all morning too. I am just in a state of shock. If I had never heard this then I wouldn't even have considered it. WOW! I am so overwhelmed!

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I have also heard of the clubbed fingers. When I was at the surgeons for my second surgery, he did check my fingers so there must be some truth to it.
Kneesaa

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Clubbing of the fingers is much more often related to COPD and heart disease than it is to lung cancer.

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My family GP noticed my fingers, and knew it was clubbing. He then sent me for my first CT scan that led to my diagnosis.

When I looked up clubbing on the internet, it firmly indicates that clubbing is a warning sign of cancer.

Eddie

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I was the one who started the original post on clubbing. My daugter's father-in-law, a doctor, told her to tell me to see the doctor "NOW". I did and was dxd with 1b LC. From what I've read on the internet it's caused by a lack of oxygen. This can be caused by a number of cardio-pulmonary diseases, but is quite common in LC. I find myslf looking at everybody's hands these days.

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Oh thank you! I couldn't remember who posted it! It is definately valuable information! Thanks! I am waiting on my mom to call me. She had a doctors appt this morning and I aksed her to ask him for me. My dad is going too. I told her to ask the doctor first and if he believes it to be an indication then to have him look at my dads hands. Kind of sly but we will see. Worth a shot!
Thanks again!
Paula

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You're very welcome. I truly hope that it turns out to be nothing. I initially made the post because I had never heard of it myself, but thinking back I remember my father had what I called "turtle shells" for nails. He passed of LC 11/9/70. Little did I know that what I thought was heredity turned out to be the same disease. If just 10 people read the post on clubbing and each tells one person, then my goal has been accomplished, early detection. My prayers are with you and your family.

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Not only do I have clubbed fingers, my toenails are deformed, yet another sign.
I was diagnosed in Feb. 08 with SCLC. I had went to the heart hospital with chest pains and ER doc checked my fingers and toes. But only after a chest xray found what she called a enormous spot on my right lung. That turned out to be a 10 cm tumor that had already grown out of my lung and wrapped around my bronchial. So, YES please have your dad seen! btw that is how i first found out i had lung cancer. just as I described above and had just had surgery on my back the month before where they had taken an xray of my lungs to make sure they were clear. the spot was there, they missed it. of course I didn't use that hospital for my chemo/radiation treatment. i wouldn't go there for a broken finger now.
robin

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I read where you can have clubbing from lungs or heart trouble someplace. So it doesn't always mean lung cancer. If this helps any but definitely should be checked out because of the symptoms. good luck Arletta

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Paula,

I am not so sure it is the fingers as it is the fingernails.

My nails were the ugliest for over 20 years, my thumbs being the worst. They rippled, and turned downward. Right after surgery and while I was on some chinese herbs they straightened out for the first time. Now that the cancer has returned my left thumb is once again getting the ridges and ripples.

I heard years ago about the nails and remembered my father also had curved nails, he died years ago from emphysema and cancer.

My Mom's fingers are clubed and curved but her lungs are fine, its arthritis.

The chinese tell a lot by looking at your fingernails and tongue.

Either way it would not hurt for your Dad to have a checkup.

Linda

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