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what is the difference between small and large cell cancer

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience Medical Oncology
SCLC more aggressive: Under a microscope, small cell lung cancer (SCLC) looks different from other types of lung cancer (non-SCLC, or NSCLC). SCLC tends to grow more rapid ... Read More

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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Different cell types: lsmall cell cancer of the ung is a neuroendocrine tumor responding to chemo such as the adriamycins (doxorubicin). Non small cell cancer represents t ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Clinical behavior: Small cell grows rapidly, and seems more susceptible to chemotherapy and radiation. Non-small cell actually refers to a number of different types that ... Read More
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Clinical, molecular: & therapeutic. Both caused by tobacco 90 -100%; molecular too complex for here. Chemotherapy mainstay in sclc, + rt in the limited kind, and proven ro ... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Both Bad: Small cell cancer often spread early in the course of disease and is treated with chemotherapy. Early non-small cell carcinomas may be localized to t ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Entirely different: Different types of cancer. Small cell multiplies fast and is considered spread at the time of diagnosis. Because of that, it may also respond better t ... Read More
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Dr. Scott Diede
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Abnormal signaling..: Normal cells can grow and divide, but they do so in a manner that is not detrimental to a person. When they receive cellular signaling that says "stop ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hermilando Payen
55 years experience Pathology
Cancer & Cells: Cancer cells are single or clusters of abnormal cells with big dark nuclei found in fluids like blood, bile, cavity fluids, urine, sputum or scrapings ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Pederson
26 years experience General Surgery
A few cancer cells: Defined as a cluster of cancer cells less than 2 mm in size.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
27 years experience Pathology
Sometimes.: Usually, samples of a lesion are taken, and looked at under a microscope. But an experienced pathologist might have a good idea of what a lesion is j ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
A stem cell: Has the potential to develop into any normal, committed, differentiated cell/tissue in the body. A cancer cell was once differentiated, but suffers g ... Read More
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Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
2 kinds of cancer: Squamous cell is the most common type of cervical cancer by far. Other types are more rare and usually more aggressive.
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