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How is small-cell lung cancer different from non-small-cell lung cancer?

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  • Small-cell lung cancer grows rapidly.
  • Small-cell lung cancer spreads quickly.
  • Small-cell lung cancer responds well to chemotherapy (using medications to kill cancer cells) and radiation therapy (using high-dose X-rays or other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells).
  • Small-cell lung cancer is frequently linked to distinct paraneoplastic syndromes (a collection of symptoms that result from substances made by the tumor).

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

SOURCES:

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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