small-cell lung cancer

noun

Definition of small-cell lung cancer 

: cancer of a highly malignant form that affects the lungs, tends to metastasize to other parts of the body, and is characterized by small round or oval cells which resemble oat grains and have little cytoplasm

called also small-cell carcinoma

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Compared with advanced small-cell lung cancer patients who got chemotherapy, those treated first with Keytruda had a median survival time that was four to eight months longer. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "For many lung cancer patients, Keytruda is a better initial treatment than chemotherapy, study finds," 5 June 2018 The patients had a subtype of lung cancer known as squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Research Yields Progress Against Lung Cancer," 4 June 2018 Patients in the study had an advanced stage of non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. Denise Grady, BostonGlobe.com, "Lung cancer patients live longer with immune therapy," 17 Apr. 2018 The findings, presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, will probably expand Keytruda’s use as a first-line treatment for advanced small-cell lung cancer, the most common form of the disease. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "For many lung cancer patients, Keytruda is a better initial treatment than chemotherapy, study finds," 5 June 2018 Patients in the study had an advanced stage of non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. Denise Grady, BostonGlobe.com, "Lung cancer patients live longer with immune therapy," 17 Apr. 2018 Patients in the study had an advanced stage of non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. Denise Grady, BostonGlobe.com, "Lung cancer patients live longer with immune therapy," 17 Apr. 2018 Patients in the study had an advanced stage of non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. Denise Grady, BostonGlobe.com, "Lung cancer patients live longer with immune therapy," 17 Apr. 2018 Beyond Incyte’s failed combination trial, other proof-of-concept trials are ongoing in patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma, non-small-cell lung cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Raymond J. Tesi, STAT, "Combination immunotherapy may have failed in the Incyte/Merck trial, but it’s here to stay," 23 Apr. 2018

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small-cell lung cancer

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Medical Definition of small-cell lung cancer 

: cancer of a highly malignant form that affects the lungs, tends to metastasize to other parts of the body, and is characterized by small round or oval cells resembling oat grains and having a high ratio of nuclear protoplasm to cytoplasm

called also oat-cell cancer, oat-cell carcinoma, small-cell carcinoma, small-cell lung carcinoma

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