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Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer



All lung cancer types that are not small cell are grouped together as non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Non-small cell lung cancer accounts for 80% of all lung cancers. There are three main sub-types of NSCLC: adenocarcinoma (40% of all lung cancers), squamous cell type (30% of all lung cancers), large cell type (10% of all lung cancers). Even though the non-small cell comprises of different cell types, they usually show a similar behavior and are mostly treated in a similar way. Compared to small cell lung cancer, NSCLC is late to spread to other organs. If NSCLC is diagnosed at an early stage, surgery may be an option which will give a chance of cure. If the NSCLC is not surgically removable, surgery may be attempted after administration of chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy. If surgery is not an option patient may be treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy and studies have shown that this is the best approach to treatment. If however the NSCLC has spread to other parts of the body, radiation therapy is usually not an option. Depending on the degree of the spread NSCLC is said to be in stages I, II, III or IV. More information on this topic is available in the links provided below.


What's new in lung cancer treatment
  • Lung cancer blog
  • Daily updated lung cancer news
  • FDA approves Tarceva for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (Nov 19, 2004)
  • FDA approves Alimta for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer
  • Alimta (Pemetrexed) is as good as docetaxel but with less side effects

    Information on lung cancer
  • Introduction to lung cancer
  • Epidemiology of lung cancer
  • Risk factors for lung cancer
  • Screening and prevention of lung cancer
  • Symptoms and signs of lung cancer
  • Symptoms and signs due to metastatic lung cancer
  • Staging of lung cancer
  • Prognostic factors in lung cancer


  • Selected reading
  • With Every Breath: A Lung Cancer Guidebook   (by Tina St. John, M.D.)
  • Pocket Guide to Lung Cancer   (by Marilyn Haas, PhD, APN-C.)
  • 100 Questions & Answers About Lung Cancer   (by Karen Parles, Joan H. Schiller )
  • Lung Cancer: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Options   (by Lorraine Johnston)
  • Living with Lung Cancer: A Guide for Patients and Their Families   (by Barbara G. Cox, David T. Md Eloise Md)
  • Lung Cancer: Myths, Facts, Choices--and Hope   (by Claudia I., Ph.D. Henschke, Peggy McCarthy)
  • Lung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment   (by Walter J. Scott M.D. )
  • The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Small Cell Lung Cancer   (by James N., Md. Parker)
  • The Lung Cancer Manual   (by The Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy Support and Education)
  • The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer   (by Icon Health Publications)
  • 21st Century Complete Medical Guide to Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma   (by PM Medical Health News )
  • New Hope: How Even Smokers Can Avoid Lung Cancer   (by Noel L. Griese )
  • What Is Cancer Anyway?: Explaining Cancer to Children of All Ages   (By Karen L. Carney)
  • What You Really Need to Know About Cancer   (by Rob Buckman, Robert, Dr. Buckman, Robert Bast, Martin Nichols)

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