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Lung cancer (SCLC)

ln the lung, neuroendocrine cancer can arise from the carcinoid cells, or it can appear as small cell lung cancer (SCLC) or large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma.

Carcinoid cancer often secretes hormones -- usually serotonin -- that cause side effects like flushing and difficulty breathing. Carcinoid cancers can be typical carcinoid tumors (slow growing and more common, as the name implies), or atypical carcinoid tumors (faster growing and less common).

SCLC is the most common form of neuroendocrine lung cancer and is covered in more detail in the Lung Cancer section.

A rare form of neuroendocrine lung cancer is called large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. This cancer looks and acts like SCLC, except that the cancerous cells themselves are larger, and it is treated in much the same way as SCLC.

Stanford Expertise

Cancer is a serious disease, and when you are being treated you deserve a physician who has experience. This is particularly true with neuroendocrine cancer of the lung because surgery is the first line of treatment, and this cancer is especially rare.

Stanford Cancer Center surgeons are some of the most active physicians in the nation in treating neuroendocrine cancer patients. As with all surgeries, outcomes for surgery on neuroendocrine lung cancer patients are better when your doctor has significant experience. 

Care for Your Mind and Spirit at Stanford

It wouldn't be the best care possible if we didn't provide it in an atmosphere that soothes your soul and makes navigating treatment simple and convenient. By providing nourishing details like live piano music in the entry, natural light throughout the building, and room for your family to remain with you while you are receiving treatment, the Stanford Cancer Center stands as a physical symbol of our concern for your health and well-being.

In addition, a variety of services, and support staff are available to help with emotional, physical, or social challenges that you might encounter while receiving cancer care.

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