Large Cell Lung Cancer Treatments

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Large cell lung cancer treatments, like other treatments for lung cancer in general, depend on the size and location of the tumor, the stage and type of the cancer, and the overall health of the patient. Large cell is one of the five subtypes of non small cell lung cancer, and is named for the way the cells look under a microscope--large and abnormal. Other subtypes are named for the same reason, or for the kind of cells where the cancer originates.

The other main kind of lung cancer--small cell--grows so fast that treatment is not really an issue. Diagnosis is almost always made when it has become inoperable lung cancer, that is, it has grown to such an extent that the end stage lung cancer treatment of chemotherapy is the only hope. Large cell lung cancer treatments offer more options because the cancer grows more slowly and is more likely to cause symptoms earlier.

Mainstream Large Cell Lung Cancer Treatments

Cancer diagnosed in the very early stages has the best prognosis. When the tumor is small, surgery is successful at removing the cancer. When the cancer cells begin to affect surrounding tissue, or they invade other organs, non small cell lung cancer treatments become severely limited.

Surgery is only feasible when all the tumor and cancer cells can be removed. If the cancer has progressed to stage III, radiation and/or chemotherapy are used to prevent further metastasis. Surgery is out of the question if the patient has emphysema or other health problems that would increase the risk of an operation. Large cell lung cancer treatments follow the conventional treatment available for other non small cell lung cancers.

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