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Could you explain what is non small cell lung cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: One type of lung

It is not easy to explain. There are multiple subtypes within in this type. These are due to smoking and tend to spread locally as compared to early spread through blood for small cell cancer. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/non-small-cell-lung/patient/page1.

In brief: One type of lung

It is not easy to explain. There are multiple subtypes within in this type. These are due to smoking and tend to spread locally as compared to early spread through blood for small cell cancer. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/non-small-cell-lung/patient/page1.
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Dr. Craig Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Classification

Lung cancer can be classified into two broad classes: small cell and non- small cell.
Since small cell is almost always non- surgical, it is important to make the distinction. Non- small cell can include squamous cell, adenocarcinoma, large cell, neuroendocrine, broncho-alveolar, etc.

In brief: Classification

Lung cancer can be classified into two broad classes: small cell and non- small cell.
Since small cell is almost always non- surgical, it is important to make the distinction. Non- small cell can include squamous cell, adenocarcinoma, large cell, neuroendocrine, broncho-alveolar, etc.
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