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There are two main types of lung cancer: non-small cell
lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Each looks different under a microscope
and grows and spreads differently. But both types of lung cancer share the same staging system. Your doctor will consider the type and the stage of lung cancer
in determining the possible options for treatment.
Non-small cell lung
cancer is more common than small cell lung cancer. About 85% of all lung
cancers are non-small cell cancer. It typically grows
and spreads more slowly than small cell lung cancer.
Small cell lung cancer is
less common than non-small cell lung cancer. About 15% of lung cancers are
small cell. This type of cancer grows very rapidly
and in most people has already spread to other organs in the body
by the time it is diagnosed.
Small cell lung cancer is divided into two categories:
Current as of:
September 12, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Michael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology
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