Small Cell Lung Cancer is a very aggressive type of cancer that grows and spreads much faster than Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Small Cell Lung Cancer is typically asymptomatic but once symptoms start to appear, it indicates that the cancer has invaded other parts of the body. The symptoms may include chest pain, bloody mucus from the lungs, persistent cough, shortness of breath, weight loss and fatigue.
HOW IS SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER DIAGNOSED?
Apart from studying the patient's medical history, the oncologist may suggest tests such as CT scan, chest X-ray, bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, lung biopsy, various blood tests and mediastinoscopy.
HOW IS SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER TREATED?
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are the most commonly suggested methods to treat such disease. Medications such as cisplatin, etoposide, docetaxel, etc are prescribed by the doctor. For extensive form of this ailment, combination chemotherapy is recommended. Surgery is very rare in this case as it swiftly grows and spreads.
DID YOU KNOW?
The survival rate of Small Cell Lung Cancer decreases the more it advances.