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Small cell lung cancer


Small cell lung cancer comprises about 20% of all lung cancers and is strongly associated with smoking. Small cell lung cancer usually starts in the central portion of the airways and spreads rapidly to other organs. Because of the nature of early spread in this disease surgery is not generally a treatment option. Small cell lung cancer is usually treated with chemotherapy. Radiation therapy may be combined with chemotherapy if the cancer is limited to the lung. Some times radiation therapy to brain is used to prevent the disease from coming back in the brain following successful treatment with chemotherapy. Unlike non-small cell lung cancer the small cell lung cancer is usually staged as limited stage disease and extensive stage disease.


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    Selected reading
  • 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   (by PM Medical Health News )
  • New Hope: Avoiding Lung Cancer   (by Noel L. Griese )
  • With Every Breath: A Lung Cancer Guidebook   (by Tina St. John, M.D.)
  • Pocket Guide to Lung Cancer   (by Marilyn Haas, PhD, APN-C.)
  • 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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