Small cell lung cancer sees the development of malignant cells in the tissues of the lungs. In addition to displaying characteristics like hostile carcinoma behavior and rapid development, this sub-type of lung cancer also exhibits characteristics such as sensitivity to processes like chemotherapy and radiation, travelling to other areas of the body, association with paraneoplastic syndromes and so on. Certain factors like smoking, exposure to toxins (tar, asbestos, chromium), family history of lung cancer and HIV can increase one's risk of developing this problem. The symptoms of this condition can be coughing, chest pain and shortness of breath.
HOW IS SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER DIAGNOSED?
Small cell lung cancers comprise about 10-15% of all lung cancers.