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Are there different types of lung cancer?

The type of lung cancer depends on the cell it starts in. For example, adenocarcinoma starts in the cells that produce mucus, squamous cell carcinoma starts in the cells that line the airways, and carcinoid tumors start in cells that produce hormones.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


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