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Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options for Recurrent Small Cell Lung Cancer

Treatment of recurrent small cell lung cancer may include the following:

  • Chemotherapy.
  • Radiation therapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
  • Laser therapy, stent placement to keep airways open, and/or internal radiation therapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
  • Clinical trials of new chemotherapy treatments.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent small cell lung cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

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Cellular Classification of Small Cell Lung Cancer

Before initiating treatment of a patient with small cell lung cancer (SCLC), an experienced lungcancer pathologist should review the pathologic material. Pathologic Classification The current classification of subtypes of SCLC includes the following:[1] Small cell carcinoma. Combined small cell carcinoma (i.e., SCLC combined with neoplastic squamous and/or glandular components). SCLC arising from neuroendocrine cells forms one extreme of the spectrum of neuroendocrine carcinomas...

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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: September 04, 2014
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