Lung cancer - non-small cell

Cancer - lung - non-small cell; Non-small cell lung cancer; NSCLC; Adenocarcinoma - lung; Squamous cell carcinoma - lung

Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer. It usually grows and spreads more slowly than small cell lung cancer.

There are three common types of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC):

  • Adenocarcinomas are often found in an outer area of the lung.
  • Squamous cell carcinomas are usually found in the center of the lung next to an air tube (bronchus).
  • Large cell carcinomas can occur in any part of the lung.
Lungs

The major features of the lungs include the bronchi, the bronchioles and the alveoli. The alveoli are the microscopic blood vessel-lined sacks in which oxygen and carbon dioxide gas are exchanged.

Secondhand smoke and lung cancer

Secondhand smoke has been classified as a known cause of lung cancer in humans (Group A carcinogen).

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Support Groups

Outlook (Prognosis)

When to Contact a Medical Professional

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