What Is Squamous Cell Lung Cancer?

Q:
What is squamous cell lung cancer?

A:
Squamous cell lung cancer, also called epidermoid carcinoma, is one type of non-small cell lung cancer. Squamous cell lung cancer starts in squamous cells.

When seen under microscope, these cells look like fish scales, and they line the inside of the airways in the lungs.

Squamous cell lung cancer usually occurs in the central part of the lung or in one of the main airways (left or right bronchus). So the symptoms include cough, chest pain, blood in the sputum.

Squamous cell lung cancer can spread to multiple sites including the brain, spine and other bones, adrenal glands and liver.

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