Small cell lung cancer
Small cell lung cancer, which is often referred to as "oat cell" lung cancer because the cells resemble oats under the microscope, begins in the lung tissue. Unlike most non-small cell lung cancer, it often spreads quickly. SCLC accounts for less than 20 percent of lung cancers.
The two stages of small cell lung cancer are limited and extensive. The testing and staging process will determine you cancer stage.
Small cell lung cancer treatment options
Surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are the main treatment options for small cell lung cancer. This type of lung cancer is typically found in both lungs, which often requires that radiation therapy or chemotherapy follow surgery. Laser therapy, which uses a laser beam to kill cancer cells, also can be used to treat SCLC.