Small cell lung cancer (SCLC)
Small cell lung cancer accounts for about 10 to 15% of all lung cancers. It is often referred to as oat cell cancer, oat cell carcinoma and small cell undifferentiated carcinoma. SCLC is rarely found in non-smokers and is generally a fast-spreading cancer.
Treatment for small cell lung cancer is different from treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. Some of the common treatments for small cell lung cancer are described below.
Stages of small cell lung cancer
Most doctors describe the stages of small cell lung cancer with two stages1:
- Limited stage: Cancer is found only on one side of the chest.
- Extensive stage: Cancer is found in the lung and also in tissues on the other side of the chest. Or, lung cancer is found in distant organs, such as the brain, or in fluid between the two layers of pleura.