occult stage non-small cell lung cancer

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

Cancer cells are found in sputum (mucus coughed up from the lungs), but no tumor can be found in the lung by imaging tests or bronchoscopy, or the tumor is too small to be checked.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2004-03-24 Date last modified: 2010-08-31