Small Cell Lung Cancer

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Jan 12, 2019

Most of the discussions about lung cancer has been about Non-small cell lung cancers. There are many sub-types of this that are included. But there is another type of lung cancer that needs to be discussed and that is Small Cell Lung Cancer. This aggressive form of lung cancer most commonly occurs in smokers. It usually starts in the breathing tubes (bronchi) and grows very quickly, creating large tumors and spreading (metastasizing) throughout the body.
Symptoms include bloody phlegm, cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
Treatment includes surgery (for small tumors) as well as chemotherapy, sometimes in combination with radiation therapy.
Lung cancers cells are sometimes classified by where they tend to grow.
There have been huge breakthroughs in lung cancer research of late.
Please join @margot69 and I in this new disussion.

@auntieoakley

Thank you for posting this, I am sending this link to my brother. I will let you know if he attends, or better yet maybe he will join connect FINALLY, and tell you himself. You do so much for this community, thank you!

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Chris- Good morning and thank you. Small cell lung cancer is difficult to treat because it's so aggressive. I'd love for your brother to join this group and to meet him. How is he doing? How long has he had cancer?

I've had non-small cell lung cancer for 23+ years. We all seem to have battles to fight. But fight, we do!

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@merpreb

Chris- Good morning and thank you. Small cell lung cancer is difficult to treat because it's so aggressive. I'd love for your brother to join this group and to meet him. How is he doing? How long has he had cancer?

I've had non-small cell lung cancer for 23+ years. We all seem to have battles to fight. But fight, we do!

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That is so true, everyone has a battle they fight. My brother was diagnosed about a year ago, just after we lost my cousin to lung cancer. It was a very hard time for our close knit family. He just keeps keeping on. He just sold his house and moved into an apt. Just down the road so I can help him more. He gets his tecentriq today. Are you still on some form of treatment? Is it managed kind of like when it comes up? Or steadily and constantly?

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