Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) is a type of lung cancer, which is very aggressive and progresses at a fast pace. The condition is usually asymptomatic and hence it becomes difficult to diagnose the condition at an early stage. Once symptoms do appear, it often indicates that the cancer has invaded other parts of the body. These symptoms include wheezing, bloody cough, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, fatigue and facial swelling.
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?
The treatment of Small Cell Lung Cancer is aimed at relieving the symptoms because once Small Cell Lung Cancer reaches the extensive stage, there are no specific treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
The survival rate of Small Cell Lung Cancer decreases the more it advances.