Small-cell carcinoma


Small-cell carcinoma is the most aggressive form of lung cancer in smokers. It usually starts in the breathing tubes (bronchi) and grows very quickly, creating large tumors and spreading (metastasizing) throughout the body.


Symptoms include bloody phlegm, cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath.


Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted drug therapy.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017

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