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Non-small cell carcinoma vs small cell carcinoma?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Small cell was

Distinguised because there is almost never a role for surgery, and always a role for chemotherapy.
Non-small cell prior to 1980 never had chemotherapy. Both are caused by smoking sclc 100%; /nsclc 90-95%. Nsclc just in lung usually treated with surgery. Any + node gets chemo. If mediastinal nodes are positive, standard is chemo/xrt. Get more than 1 opinion before starting treatment if yo have ?

In brief: Small cell was

Distinguised because there is almost never a role for surgery, and always a role for chemotherapy.
Non-small cell prior to 1980 never had chemotherapy. Both are caused by smoking sclc 100%; /nsclc 90-95%. Nsclc just in lung usually treated with surgery. Any + node gets chemo. If mediastinal nodes are positive, standard is chemo/xrt. Get more than 1 opinion before starting treatment if yo have ?
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