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Definition of Large Cell Lung Cancer

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Updated April 22, 2014

Definition:

Large cell lung cancer is a form of non-small cell lung cancer. Eighty percent of lung cancers are non-small cell, but only 10% of these are large cell lung cancer.

These lung cancers are named for the large, round cells that are seen under the microscope. They usually start in the outer regions of the lungs and tend to grow very rapidly.

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