Small cell lung cancer

Also known as: Cancer, small-cell lung
Small-cell lung cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the lung.

There are two types of small-cell lung cancer. They include many different types of cells. The cancer cells of each type grow and spread in different ways. The types of small-cell lung cancer are named for the kinds of cells found in the cancer and how the cells look when viewed under a microscope:
  • Small-cell carcinoma (oat cell cancer)
  • Combined small-cell carcinoma

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