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What are the two types of lung cancer?

What are the two types of lung cancer?

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Asked by L. Gibson, Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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J. Shatner

J. Shatner, Content writer, Boston

Answered Dec 21, 2018

If the classification of lung cancer will be broad, the types of lung cancer can be separated into two categories. The first category is Small Cell Lung Cancer and the other category is Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. The categorization of cancer will depend on the appearance of the tumor cells.

Take note that the distinction between the two types is very important as there are different treatments that are available from both. The most common is a type of non-small cell lung cancer called Adenocarcinoma.

This is a type of lung cancer that can affect both men and women. Small Cell Lung Cancer or SCLC is considered to be the more aggressive form of cancer. This is usually discovered when they have already spread.

 

E. Stanley

E. Stanley, Technical writer, Indianapolis

Answered Jul 17, 2018

There are two types of lung cancer that people need to familiarize themselves with. The first type is called non-small cell lung cancer. The second type is small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is considered to be the more common type of cancer. NSCLC has four stages although cancer during the first two stages is hard to detect.

SCLC on the other hand only has two stages because this type of cancer is more aggressive and it can progress rapidly. SCLC is more responsive to chemotherapy as compared to NSCLC. It is important that people will always get themselves checked because early detection can make cancer easier to fight.

 

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