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Adenocarcinoma of the Lung

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Updated July 14, 2014

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Definition:

Adenocarcinoma of the lung is a form of non-small cell lung cancer. Eighty percent of lung cancers are non-small cell cancers, and of these, about 50% are adenocarcinomas.

Adenocarcinoma of the lung begins in the outer parts of the lung, and it can be present for a long time before it is diagnosed. It is the type of lung cancer most commonly seen in women and is often seen in non-smokers.

Treatments for adenocarcinoma include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, but targeted therapies -- therapies that attack lung cancer cells specifically -- are both approved and being tested in clinical trials for this type of lung cancer.

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