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What are the less common types of lung cancer?

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  • Bronchial carcinoids account for up to 5% of lung cancers. These tumors are generally small (3-4 cm or less) when diagnosed and occur most commonly in persons under age 40. Unrelated to cigarette smoking, carcinoid tumors can metastasize, and a small proportion of these tumors secrete hormone-like substances. Carcinoids generally grow and spread more slowly than bronchogenic cancers, and many are detected early enough to be surgically removed.
  • Cancers of supporting lung tissue such as smooth muscle, blood vessels, or cells involved in the immune response are rare in the lung.

These types together comprise only 5%-10% of lung cancers.

From: Types of Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society.

"Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine-Second Edition," edited by Marianne J. Legato, MD, Academic Press, 2010. 

Lung Cancer Types from MedicineNet.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

"Principles of Gender-Specific Medicine-Second Edition," edited by Marianne J. Legato, MD, Academic Press, 2010. 

Lung Cancer Types from MedicineNet.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 01, 2018

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