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Does surgery treat small-cell lung cancer?

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Surgery plays little, if any, role in the management of small-cell lung cancer, because almost all of these cancers have spread by the time doctors find them. The exceptions are the relatively small number of people (less than 15%) whose cancer is discovered at a very early stage of the disease, when the cancer is only in the lung. You'd also get chemotherapy, and you might need radiation therapy if the cancer had spread to nearby lymph nodes.

From: Small-Cell Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society.

American College of Chest Physicians.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2017

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American Cancer Society.

American College of Chest Physicians.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2017

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