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Is it true that small cell lung cancer is considered a sleeper cell where it only presents itself aggressively in the final stages? Making sense of dx

Is it true that small cell lung cancer is considered a sleeper cell where it only presents itself aggressively in the final stages? Making sense of dx

Interesting term: All cancers can display a wide range of behavior, from very slow, to very fast growing. This is true even of small cell cancer, which has a well-earned reputation of growing rapidly and spreading early, often before it's detected. I've never heard the term "sleeper cell" used in this field, but if it applies anywhere, this might be a reasonable description of all lung cancer, esp small cell. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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She was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stg. 4 and died 29 days later. Before she was diagnosed she seemed fine. How could this happen?

She was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer stg. 4 and died 29 days later. Before she was diagnosed she seemed fine. How could this happen?

Small cell cancer: Most cancers have a volume doubling time of about 3 months, except small cell cancer. Problem with small cell cancer is that it goes fast, may have no symptoms initially and can go be in multiple organs the time it is diagnosed, and can include the lining of the heart and can cause fluid and compression of the heart. ...Read more

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How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

Rarely is cured.: It depends on the stage and if the cancer has spread. Small cell lung carcinoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiation. It is one of the most aggressive subtypes of lung cancer. Definitely consult with an oncologist, but patients with small cell should weigh the benefits of participating in treatment offered in clinical trials at university centers. ...Read more

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What can be done for small cell lung cancer?

What can be done for small cell lung cancer?

Chemotherapy: Small cell lung cancer is a neuroendocrine carcinoma that shows some response to specialized chemotherapy, although this tumor type tends to follow a fairly aggressive clinical course. ...Read more

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What are the tests for small cell lung cancer?

What are the tests for small cell lung cancer?

Diagnostic test: First of all, a biopsy needs to be done to establish a diagnosis. Once is confirmed, then staging work-up needs to be done that include- ct scan; a bone scan and imaging for the head- MRI brain will be preferable than ct scan- if possible. Discuss further with your oncologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of small cell lung cancer?

What are the symptoms of small cell lung cancer?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath and hemoptysis are common. Often they are asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic until you have extensive disease. Depending on the spread of disease, pain and neurologic issue can arise. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat small cell lung cancer?

What can you do to treat small cell lung cancer?

Non surgical: Once cell type determined, surgery is not usual. Chemo/ radiation as to location etc. ...Read more

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How are non small and small cell lung cancer different?

How are non small and small cell lung cancer different?

Lung cancer: Small ("oat") cell lung cancer is distinguished by the fact that is has almost always spread beyond the lung when discovered and is therefore not surgically curable, but responds very well to initial chemotherapy. Now that the other common types are coming to be more treatable as well, "non-small cell" is giving way to more elaborate diagnostic schemes. Good luck ; keep up hope. ...Read more

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How likely is it that small cell lung cancer will return?

How likely is it that small cell lung cancer will return?

Quite likely: Quite likely, unfortunately. Small cell lung cancer is considered spread at the time of diagnosis, that is why surgery is usually not an option. Some patients may have a complete remission with treatment, but in most cases it returns. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more