non-small cell lung cancer

Pronunciation: (... sel lung KAN-ser)

A group of lung cancers that are named for the kinds of cells found in the cancer and how the cells look under a microscope. The three main types of non-small cell lung cancer are squamous cell carcinoma, large cell carcinoma, and adenocarcinoma. Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common kind of lung cancer.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Anatomy of the respiratory system, showing the trachea and both lungs and their lobes and airways. Lymph nodes and the diaphragm are also shown. Oxygen is inhaled into the lungs and passes through the thin membranes of the alveoli and into the bloodstream (see inset).Anatomía del sistema respiratorio, mostrando la tráquea y ambos pulmones y sus lóbulos y las vías respiratorias. También se muestran los ganglios linfáticos y el diafragma. El oxígeno se inhala a los pulmones y pasa a través de las membranas delgadas de los alvéolos hacia el torrente sanguíneo (ver recuadro). Date last modified: 2007-03-15Lung CancerCáncer de pulmón