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How come non-small lung cancer not called large cell lung cancer?

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Dr. Joshua Garren
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Sub type

Large cell lung cancer is actually a subset of non small cell lung cancer, which behaves much more like small cell cancer than like other forms of non small cell cancer. I am sorry that the terminology is so confusing.
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In brief: Sub type

Large cell lung cancer is actually a subset of non small cell lung cancer, which behaves much more like small cell cancer than like other forms of non small cell cancer. I am sorry that the terminology is so confusing.
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Dr. Joshua Garren
Dr. Joshua Garren
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Small cell's unique

Most lung cancers are quite similar -- slow-growers, a fair chance of a cure with surgery if early, poor response to traditional chemotherapy.
There are about a dozen common types. "Small-cell" is a unique type that grows very fast, melts initially on chemotherapy, and is thought to be never curable with surgery. All the others are still often lumped together.

In brief: Small cell's unique

Most lung cancers are quite similar -- slow-growers, a fair chance of a cure with surgery if early, poor response to traditional chemotherapy.
There are about a dozen common types. "Small-cell" is a unique type that grows very fast, melts initially on chemotherapy, and is thought to be never curable with surgery. All the others are still often lumped together.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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