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What's A Very Specific Diagnosis For Lung Cancer?

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What's A Very Specific Diagnosis For Lung Cancer?

Postby Pallaton » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:05 am

Lung cancers are classified into different types based on the cells that the cancers originate from. This is a part of what I do as a pathologist.

For example squamous cell carcinomas and adenocarcinomas are different types of cancer. They may both be stage 3A, but the treatment strategies are different because the cells that the cancers are made of are different. Small cell cancer is another frequent type of lung cancer, that require yet a third treatment strategy.
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What's A Very Specific Diagnosis For Lung Cancer?

Postby lanston » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:12 am

There are different types of cancer cells (small cell, and non-small, etc) and there are also lung cancers that start in the lungs (primary lung cancer), and cancers that spread from somewhere else (secondary lung cancer).
The staging is described at the link.
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