Encyclopedia of Cancer

Living Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab

Small Cell Lung Cancer

  • Shirish Gadgeel
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_6764-2

Synonyms

Definition

Lung cancer consists of two major types:

About 80–85 % of all lung cancer patients have NSCLC and the rest of the 15–20 % have SCLC. In 2010, the American Cancer Society has estimated that 222,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, of which 35,000 will have SCLC. Even though both are lung cancers, they are considered as separate cancers, and the management of each of these two cancers is different. It is important to recognize that the treatments applicable for non-small cell lung cancer may not be applicable for small cell lung cancer patients.

Characteristics

SCLC is characterized by large central mass and/or bulky mediastinal adenopathy. These tumors have a high propensity to metastasize. The median age of lung cancer patients is 70 years. Among all types of lung cancer, SCLC has the highest association with smoking and almost never arising in...

Keywords

Brain Metastasis Small Cell Lung Cancer Mediastinal Lymph Node Brain Radiation Paraneoplastic Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Karmanos Cancer InstituteWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA