Non-small cell lung cancer

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 26 May 2021

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) represents a heterogeneous group of lung cancers that do not have "small cells" on histology. They are thus separated, as small cell carcinoma of the lung has distinctive management implications. The major histological types include:

Other less common types of non-small cell lung cancers include:

In addition, a new category of preinvasive lesions and minimally invasive lesions has also been created, as patients in this category will have a favorable response to treatment. This category includes:

Specific genetic subtypes

All of these entities will be discussed separately in the respective articles. 

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