Small-cell lung cancer,mesothelioma, and thymoma
January 01, 2005
As discussed in chapter 6, there are two major subdivisions of lung cancer:small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), for which chemotherapy is the primary treatment,and non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). SCLC is decreasing in frequencyin the United States, with recent data showing it represents only 14%of lung cancers. This chapter provides information on the staging and prognosis,pathology and pathophysiology, treatment, and follow-up of longtermsurvivors of SCLC and concludes with brief discussions on mesotheliomaand thymoma.