Large cell carcinoma is a type of lung cancer. The term large cell refers to the appearance of the cancer cells when viewed under a microscope. The tumors associated with this type of cancer are also typically large. It's a subtype of non-small cell lung cancer, the most common type of lung cancer. Large cell carcinoma is responsible for about ten percent of the non-small cell lung cancer diagnosis. It grows more rapidly and spreads quicker than other cancers in this group. Unfortunately, most cases of this type of lung cancer are diagnosed at advanced stages because of minor symptoms.
Symptoms of lung cancer present differently in every person. Some patients have no noticeable symptoms at all, and the cancer is found during routine exams or visits for other illnesses. Symptoms associated with the presence of lung cancer are a persistent cough that may produce blood, wheezing, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite or weight loss that is unexplained.
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