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

Examples of small-cell lung cancer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, the researchers found, deaths from non-small cell lung cancer have decreased much more quickly than new cases, whereas small-cell lung cancer deaths have decreased at about the same rate as incidence. Norman E. Sharpless, STAT, "Lung cancer deaths are declining faster than new cases. Advances in treatment are making the difference," 13 Aug. 2020 Biotechnology company IDP Pharma is developing a type of protein inhibitor to treat multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 Biotechnology company IDP Pharma is developing a type of protein inhibitor to treat multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 Biotechnology company IDP Pharma is developing a type of protein inhibitor to treat multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 Biotechnology company IDP Pharma is developing a type of protein inhibitor to treat multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 Biotechnology company IDP Pharma is developing a type of protein inhibitor to treat multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 Biotechnology company IDP Pharma is developing a type of protein inhibitor to treat multiple myeloma and small-cell lung cancer. Scientific American, "Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 The five-year survival odds are significantly better for people who have NSCLC, compared to small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). Kate Watson, Allure, "4 Things They Don't Tell You About Having Lung Cancer," 1 Oct. 2019

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Small-cell lung cancer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/small-cell%20lung%20cancer. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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small-cell lung cancer

noun

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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