Lung Cancer

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The majority of lung cancers are considered non-small cell lung cancer.  This type of cancer can manifest itself in three different ways.  Of the three different types of non-small cell lung cancer you can be diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma is the most common.  This is mostly likely due to its correlation with smoking.  The other two types of this type of cancer are called Aden carcinoma (found on the outside of the lungs) and large-cell undifferentiated carcinoma (fast acting and fast spreading).

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The second type of lung cancer is categorized as small cell lung cancer.  Even though the non-small cell type of lung cancer called squamous cell carcinoma has a correlation with smoking, small cell lung cancer has been found to be directly linked in most diagnoses.  This type of lung cancer starts by infecting the bronchi in the lungs; it is fast-acting and can quickly spread to other areas of the body.  It is important to note that you can have a combination of both kinds of lung cancer known as mixed small cell/large cell lung cancer.

The third type of lung cancer that can be diagnosed is known as carcinoid tumors.  There are two types of carcinoid tumors a patient can have – typical carcinoids and atypical carcinoids.  It is important to doctors to note the different symptoms a patient has or the locations of the tumor to determine the types of symptoms a patient will have.  This is because it will differ based on the location of the tumor, whether it is considered to be a central carcinoid or a peripheral carcinoid.

It is important for a patient to know the exact name of the type of lung cancer they have been diagnosed with.  The information, diagnoses, and treatments are quite different from what type to the next.