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What is the difference between small cell and non-small cell cancers?

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Dr. Eric Chevlen
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
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 rapidly and metastasize more. But it responds better to chemotherapy and radiation therapy than does NSCLC. Surgery is rarely indicated for SCLC.

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