small cell lung cancer

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

An aggressive (fast-growing) cancer that forms in tissues of the lung and can spread to other parts of the body. The cancer cells look small and oval-shaped when looked at under a microscope.

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: 2007-06-27Lung CancerCáncer de pulmón